Photography Exhibition

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29 Mar 2018 - 20 Jul 2018


The photographers on the Portfolio Development course @ Pensthorpe share their new work

The photographers on the ‘Further Steps’ Portfolio Development course @ Pensthorpe with Julia Rafferty share their new work. From 29 March 2018, you will be able to view the work of this talented group of photographers in The Exhibition Room at Pensthorpe.

Entry is free.

The work shows a variety of photographic approaches and interpretations of the inspiring environment at Pensthorpe and each of the photographers, has found their own ‘voice’ in creating a new panel of photos. We have explored creative camera techniques such as multiple exposures and multiple viewpoints. Sometimes these images are straight from camera and at other times, many layers have been blended together in Photoshop to create this painterly, artistic look.

James Brown’s work has a very delicate feel with the lovely details of ‘Early Morning Sage’ – frosty leaves layered to create this textural piece. The image, ‘Stag’ered’ was taken in-camera and James took photos of this sculpture from many different viewpoints. Sparkling morning dew has been carefully observed and captured using a shallow depth of field. Susi Hancock again has some experimental pieces on show. Her photo ‘Angels or Beautiful Movement’ show what can be achieved with slow shutter speeds and birds in flight and her ‘Montage of Flight’ explores the fun that can be had by blending together layers in Photoshop and slightly moving them to create an image which feels full of movement. Susi has also explored the light at different times of the day and loves the dynamic shapes created by seed heads.

Michael I’Anson’s panel again explores artistic techniques – slow shutter speed with the ‘Silky Seagulls’ and ‘Contemplation’ and ‘Dormant in the Water Meadow’ are both multi-layered images – at times Michael has worked with more than 20 layers, blending each carefully to achieve this lovely effect. His photo, ‘Nurturing the Nene’s’ brings in a personal touch – and reminds us that there are many people behind the scenes at Pensthorpe, working to make this a special place. Hands can say so much and can communicate in so many ways. Dramatic monochrome has also been used by Michael in his photo, ‘Coot and Goldeneye’ – communication of a different kind!

Maggie Mole’s vibrant and colourful images look like jewels on her board. The carefully composed, ‘Bluebells at Pensthorpe’, the ‘Winter Vista’ which indeed gives the impression of cold and icy temperatures. Maggie’s ‘Restful Spot’ is again a multiple-layered image and blends 16 photos to create this wonderful image. She also charts the seasons and changes she has observed.

Robin Myerscough is new to this group, but is an experienced photographer. He has created a panel of images which explore the wildlife at Pensthorpe. Instead of a slow shutter speed with feeding birds, he has used a fast shutter speed which has frozen the movement and created colourful splashes of water and colour! His tangled web image uses the in-camera multiple exposure setting – so hard to get right and definitely one to practice. The landscape photo has cleverly blended layers in Photoshop to create this impressionistic image.

Rhonda Pike has definitely captured a range of artistic impressions at Pensthorpe. She has a lovely style that is delicate and softly coloured. The sculpture of flying birds has been taken in-camera with multiple layers and blends the water and sculpture to great effect. The ‘Winter Berries’, was created from many layers blended in Photoshop and resembles a sketchy line drawing with soft painterly brush marks adding colour to this sketch. And finally, Jane Smith; another new member of this group, has created a series of lovely plant portraits, both in colour and monochrome. Her macro shot of the Johnsons Blue Bud demonstrates the use of ‘negative space’ when composing a shot and shows how important this space is to the composition. ‘Negative Spirals’ shows Jane capturing details in the Millennium garden and bringing out the textures with careful editing techniques.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and please add a comment to our visitors book which is on the window sill in the exhibition room.