The Downs at the Beaumont Gallery

THE new exhibition at Beaumont Gallery, Mere, from Saturday 28th July to Sunday 12th August is The Downs, black and white photographs by Mike Beecham.

The downs around Mere are part of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire and home to farmers, dog-walkers, paragliders, hobbyists and livestock.

Taken over a period of two years, and documenting the changing landscape across the seasons, these are wonderful images of this glorious countryside.

Mike Beecham first picked up a camera in 2012, originally to have a photographic record of his children growing up.  What he describes as a ‘love affair’ developed between him and photography until nowadays it’s much more than a passion, it’s a major part of his life

Andrew Walworth of Beaumont Gallery says: “If you’ve ever walked over the Downs or seen them in the distance as you’ve driven down the A303 or other roads around Mere, you’ll know how incredibly beautiful they are year-round.  Mike Beecham hasn’t created a series of simple landscape images but instead has become more intimate with the area itself and the different elements, animals and people who inhabit the Downs.  His project utilises many different photographic approaches to capture the drama, tranquillity and beauty of a place he likes to call ‘home’.”

Returning to the Beaumont Gallery to exhibit alongside Mike Beecham is photographer Steve Hawkins with his new show It’s the Little Things which he describes as “a collection of intimate moments and temporary interludes in the everyday.”  Steve has lived in Mere all his life.  A few years ago, he bought a new camera and started a 365-day photography project, taking an image a day and seeing how much he could learn along the way.

Pictured Mere Down, and Charnage Down, by Mike Beecham.