Talented photographers set to show off their work

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

INTRIGUING images from Greece to Dorset gardens are set to feature in a popular annual photographic exhibition in Dorchester.

The Dorset Independent Photographers will be showcasing their best darkroom skills combined with the latest in digital technology as their annual exhibition comes to Dorchester’s Borough Gardens House.

The show runs for a week from Monday, August 18 and features whole range of subjects and skills, with images taken on everything from a plate camera to a smart phone.

Dorchester-based Nantes Solicitors are sponsoring the event, which has become a firm fixture of the West Dorset visual arts calendar.

This year’s show will feature original prints by eight members of the group, including county town snapper Tim Edwards, a founder member of the Dorset Independent Photographers.

When health problems forced Tim to give up darkroom work, he transferred his passion to the digital camera, responding to the rich colours and patterns of decaying urban structures to produce his trademark abstract photographs.

Tim said: “These images were 30 years in the making.”

Another county town photographer whose works will be on show is Malcolm Macnaughtan.

His focus is on traditional photographic craft and he has been inspired by the likes of John Blakemore, John Sexton and Paul Gallagher.

Other local photographers featured at the exhibition include Margaret Homan-Berry, whose photographs include a long-term project charting the transformation of Dorchester’s Eldridge Pope Brewery site, and Barbara Jenkins, who has used her smart phone to pursue her love of landscape and water imagery.

A touch of the exotic will be provided by the work of Andy White, who has been exploring the beautiful old houses of Halki, a Greek island close to Rhodes.

The other snappers exhibited are Judith Jones, a fine art photographer whose interests include social and philosophical studies of urban life, and John Tilsley, who has been working on a wide range of projects including New Forest pony sales, the people of the Swanage Railway and landscapes in Finland and Spain.

The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm from Monday, August 18 to Monday, August 25.

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