The art and craft of seeing

DORCHESTER Camera Club members, amateur and professional photographers, have a major exhibition, The Art of Seeing at Dorset Museum in Dorchester until 22nd June.

One of the most successful photography clubs in the south west and the UK, Dorchester members have won awards in regional, national, and international photography competitions.

The exhibition features travel, street, and wildlife photography, as well as prints of the local landscape and individual portraits. There is also an audio-visual presentation of 80 digital images by 50 members, while other images feature different styles and techniques.

Many of the photographs are evocative and inspirational, such as Tony Gill’s One Step Closer To Heaven (pictured), showing Colmer’s Hill near Symondsbury.

Tony says: “I live and work in Dorset. As a landscape photographer, I find inspiration in local scenes and vistas, with misty mornings (if not the early starts!) being a particular favourite. This image is taken from a vantage point of nearby Quarr Hill, demonstrating its graphic beauty in such conditions, rising as it does above a sea of mist. Since I took the photograph more pine trees have been planted atop the hill, which has lost none of its charm as a marker in the landscape that once observed says ‘you’re almost home’.”

The museum’s interim director, Elizabeth Selby says: “We are thrilled to be showing the work of Dorchester Camera Club, which has a long-standing relationship with the Museum. It is incredible to see the high quality and wide-ranging nature of the work that the members of the camera club produce.”