Photographers’ work goes on show

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A PHOTOGRAPHY fair will give a club a much-needed chance for exposure.

East Durham Photographic Society will sell images of landscapes, architecture and flowers this weekend.

Field shot by Dave Brightwell.

Field shot by Dave Brightwell.

Around 50 pictures will be available to buy, with prices ranging from £3 to £30.

The fair will be held at Seaton Holme in Easington Village.

Event organiser Davina Orr Ferguson said: “This is an exciting event for us.

“We have never done anything like this before, and so we are all looking forward to it.

“The problem is some of our members are now nervous about which photos to show.”

Davina, 25, of Washington, set up the group in 2011 after finishing a degree in photography, video and digital imaging at Sunderland University.

With nothing similar in the area, she gained funding from a community arts council for a photography project based on Peterlee’s Apollo Pavilion, which then developed into the club.

It started out with five members, but has since trebled in size, welcoming people of all ages and abilities.

Davina, an administrative assistant for a solicitor’s firm, added: “As I am dyslexic, I sometimes find it difficult to explain how I am feeling, and so the society, and photography in general, allows me to express myself.

“But for the others, it can be a release.

“Some come to our meetings stressed with the grind of everyday life, but are happy and calm by the end.

“There is also a social aspect. We all love photography and always have a good laugh.”

The camera enthusiasts get together each week, and often visit places to pursue their passion.

This year, they started an ongoing timeline of Seaham Grange Farm to see how it changes over time and in August, they will capture Edinburgh and Holy Island during a three-day trip. But before then, Davina is sure the upcoming fair will provide valuable exposure for her group.

She added: “It would be great if we could attract some new members.

“We also need to buy certain pieces of equipment, so any donations would be welcome.”

The sale will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 11am to 4pm, and will coincide with a craft sale.

For more information contact Davina on 07564 322 544.