The images presented were taken at various botanical gardens and woodland locations around the south of England throughout the seasons .
For those interested I only carry a small but good quality compact camera, lightweight, especially useful at my age, very versatile and unobtrusive.
Cobbles have been a paving medium since pre-Roman times and their use continued well into the Victorian era. For me, they are especially photogenic in contre-jour where, polished by a century of use, they reflect the light so effectively. The starkness of the light brings out fascinating patterns.
Sir Titus Salt commissioned the Salt's Mill textile mill and constructed one of Britain’s first model villages to house its workers. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Inside the factory it is no longer spinning bobbins and clattering looms. All of that ceased in the 80’s. Now there are three art galleries , shops, diners and cafes (with great tea cakes). Much of the gallery space is occupied by works by the Bradford-born David Hockney.
It was the day of the town’s fair and although I’m not, normally, a “people photographer” I found the folk friendly and open to having their pictures taken.
As my age, and my knees restrict my movements I often find myself walking on the side of a river, a lake, or along the shore. Water is always changing sometimes calm giving rise to lovely reflections, sometimes raging bringing big waves and rushing waterfalls. It is these moods and changes that I try to capture.
The photographs displayed here are a selection from a panel of images covered by the one word title of 'shelter'.
In other words 'shelter' can be a very loose term when referring to photographs and what those photographs are intending to say. This selection of images includes structures with the intention of protecting its occupants in urban, scenic or rural locations. There are hints of historical events, of possible happenings long forgotten, perhaps degrees of comfort or just a sense of relief on arrival at any given location.
Costumes and characterisation are the draw for a photographer. I'm a regular visitor and I thoroughly enjoy a few days wandering up and down the High Street or The Mound finding 'fun' pictures, trying to get good backgrounds without resorting to adding anything later. It's more of a challenge to shoot 'straight', getting everything right 'in camera'.
Janey Devine FRPS
As civilisations developed across the world, access to water was necessary. Villages and towns grew up along riverbanks and shorelines.
Populations increased. Agriculture and farming swallowed up water. Industry greedily followed. Mighty rivers were dammed to produce electricity and to irrigate crops, leaving countries downstream dry and desperate. Wars broke out.
And all around us factories pump chemical rich, polluted effluent into our rivers, poisoning and killing life. Run off from agriculture add fertilisers and insecticides to the toxic mix.
Forests and trees transpire water back into the atmosphere, allowing clouds and rain to fall inland. But deforestation continues unchecked. Each year land roughly the size of England is turned into desert.
Third world countries use the river to clean up their natural waste. But plastic doesn’t disappear. Plastic bags and bottles now clog our water highways.
And yet, we who are privileged to live in our centrally heated houses with running water, electricity and wifi, we who jump in our cars and fly to all corners of the world, take water for granted. Like the oxygen we breathe.