AMATEUR photographer Sue Hogben has her husband to thank for enabling her to take three glorious images chosen to feature in a new Dorset book.
Mrs Hogben, 56, has Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) and cannot get out and about as much as she would like but when she has a good day her husband Nick chauffeurs her about to get her desired snaps.
Her stunning land and seascape photographs ‘Fishing, families and fun on Chesil beach, Portland’, ‘Lyme Regis’ and ‘St Catherine’s Chapel Abbotsbury and the Fleet’ are showcased in a new glossy publication.
Dorset: A Photographic Journey in an Olympic Year is the annual hard-backed book produced by the Dorset Echo, which is bigger and better than ever this year with a special section of shots from this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.
Mrs Hogben, who is currently studying photography with Dorset Adult Education, said: “I started taking photos about two years ago.
“I have ME so I’m quite restricted to how much I can go out but my husband bought me a nice Panasonic Lumix camera which I take out in the garden to get snapshots of flowers.
“When I have a good day he drives me somewhere and my camera’s always in my bag.
“We’ve been married for 32 years and he’s really encouraging.”
Mrs Hogben, of the Dorchester Road area of Weymouth, said all of her published images were taken last year.
She said: “The Portland photograph was taken on a really nice day.
“I went to get shots of the Cove, we had a little stroll along the prom and then sat down and watched the sunset.
“I took the picture of St Catherine’s Chapel when we were on our way back from Exeter, where we had been visiting out daughter.
“It was a lovely evening so I got Nick to stop the car, popped out to take the photos and then got back in.
“It was impulsive.”
She added: “It’s brilliant to have my work in the Dorset photographic book.
“I’ve been telling everybody and anybody who will listen.
“Having the Olympic section as well makes it extra special.”
Dorset: A Photographic Journey in an Olympic Year, which costs £14.95, comes hot on the heels of another special souvenir publication produced by the Echo to commemorate 2012.
More than 1,000 copies of When the World came to Weymouth, priced at £3.95, have already been sold.
Both books are available from the Dorset Echo offices on the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth and in Antelope Walk, Dorchester and the Bridport News office in East Street.