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New Photography Exhibition

6 Dec 2018

The new exhibition, by the Photographic Portfolio Development groups at Pensthorpe has now opened and will run until spring 2019. This exhibition showcases panels by photographers on the ‘Personal Projects’ course and introduces the photographers attending the ‘Next Steps’ course. It is a delight to see such personal and varied work, on show at this lovely venue.

Rhonda Pike shares her panel of images of insects; such skill in capturing the dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies and flesh fly, as they flit from flower head to leaf to stem. Rhonda’s images are so delicately coloured with lovely sharp detail. Rhonda used a Canon camera and two different lenses to capture these shots – the Sigma 105mm macro lens and the Canon 70-300mm. She says of the, ‘Southern Hawker Dragonfly’ – “this is one of our largest dragonflies. It can be seen on the wing catching small insects. It appears to be curious and will often fly towards you and look at you. I watched this dragonfly catching and eating greenfly before coming to rest on a honey suckle stem”. Of the ‘Flesh Fly’, Rhonda says, “People don’t generally like flies but this one feeding on nectar is beautiful when looked at closely. The larvae feed on dung and carrion and so play an important role in recycling dead material in the garden”.

Julia Read’s panel of images is called:A Walk in the Woods’. They are so atmospheric and capture the early warm light on this misty morning. The series of images were taken in her local wood on a beautiful frosty morning, with lovely soft light bringing out the details on the trees and the undergrowth.  Julia used her Sony A6000 camera and two different lenses to take these shots. Lens 1: 16-70 mm f/4 ZA OSS used at a focal length of between 55mm and 61mm. Lens 2: FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS. The camera settings: f/6.3 ~ shutter speed varied ~ ISO 400.

Michael I’Anson says,My father has been tending his garden for more years than I can remember. In our younger years, my sister and I would regularly help out on the allotment.  Well, help out being rather loose term but nevertheless, the willingness was there! Year on year, Dad would harvest beans, potatoes, leeks, tomatoes, spinach and, our parents’ favourite, beetroot. This set of images is a testament to his dedication and love of growing all things edible and a big ‘thank you’ to him for allowing me to photograph his hands”.

Robin Myerscough – ‘Waterlilies 1’ – Robin was inspired by a photographer whose work was exhibited through the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition: Cathryn Baldock. He says, “This was a small pool of waterlilies which was chocking a small corner of a boatyard. I thought by superimposing some wild flowers on the picture, especially poppies which were growing nearby this might produce an interesting effect.”  ‘Waterlily detail 2’, Robin’s caption reads: “The lily pads in this part of the river were beginning to decay so it seemed only right to restore some of their beauty which they had displayed earlier in the summer. Images of wild flowers and grasses were overlaid onto the original photograph.”


The Next Steps group have chosen their favourite image from the year to share in this exhibition. We have lovely details and light in the ‘Bee on Aster’ by Helen Scott and the ‘Painted Lady’ by Julia Peaver. The fun images captured by Bernadette McCarthy; where fungi and fun characters are taken together, should certainly appeal to all those children who visit Pensthorpe. Lovely plant details have been captured by Linda Black and Sue Ball and a dramatic shot of a flamingo bathing was taken by Rachel Hurcomb. Jude Todd shares her very busy bee and Lisa I’Anson’s tranquil woodland scene shows the Pensthorpe bluebells.


We hope you have time to visit the exhibition and don’t forget to add a comment to our visitors’ book. All works are for sale and would make a perfect Christmas gift!