Review: HDPS Exhibition in the Atkins Building

Yesterday, on 24 January 2020, Notizie co-reporter Adam Clarke and I paid a visit to the Hinckley and District Photographic Society’s exhibition, located in the Atkins Building.

Mason Moore, Notizie Co-Founder and Reporter feels that ‘the event showcases the true passion put in by the hard-working photographers taking appealing photographs for their audience.’

He also adds: “I also think that the group have captured some extraordinary photographs and they deserve the few extra days they have been given by the building. This will allow for more visitors to come and view their photos at the exhibition.”

Adam Clarke, Notizie Co-Founder and Reporter, believes the extension of the event will allow more people to ‘appreciate and enjoy the marvellous photography on display’.

Photographs that stood out to us as visitors are listed below.

Mason Moore’s photo reviews

Ray Dallywater has taken a spectacular photograph titled “Overflow” featuring the vibrant colours of the treetops bouncing off the reflection of the river beneath them. I like how this photograph was composed and it is a remarkably effective style.

I found the use of black and white in the modern day rather fascinating on Graham Holt’s “Christchurch College in Oxford”. This works really well on buildings made out of black and white wooden beams.

It showcases architecture from the olden-day era yet the moss growing on the side of the building represents the fact that the building is still modern, alive and well. I like how the colours of the white clouds colour co-ordinate nicely with the black and white filter of the image.

Adam Clarke’s photo reviews

Ray Dallywater’s piece, “Dark Hedges” particularly stood out to me. It looks quite eerie with only one person in sight, this only makes the atmosphere more mysterious.

I feel that if I were there in person, I would feel rather uneasy. However, the photograph itself has been captured in a rather effective yet creepy manner.

“Eilean Donan Castle” by Martyn Fisher reminded me of times gone by as a former historic castle has now sadly turned into a pile of rubble and ruins. It makes me think of how magnificent this castle may have been when it once stood.

“Ruddy Darter” by Martyn Fisher, is a divine picture of a dragonfly resting on a twig. The visitors would be able to see the dragonfly is perfect detail, and truly appreciate one of nature’s gifts.

Another photo that particularly impressed me was “Hartshill Hayes” by John Shilladay. The centrepiece of this photograph is a chopped down tree in the middle of a forest.

To me, the lone stump symbolises death and abandonment, and the choice to take this photo in black and white, therefore removing the green, could hint at the impending death of the environment and metaphorical loss of colour.

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