Chapel Camera Club photography exhibition opens in Buxton – Quest Media Network

Sarah Lind of New Mills won first prize.

A series of self-portraits showing the impact of the lockdown are now on display as part of a new photography exhibition which has opened at the High Peak.

Twenty Twenty… and Beyond is an exhibition of the Chapel Camera Club, which will last until 2 May at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

On display are 30 self-portraits from the Camera Club Arts Council funded project, “Living Through Lockdown – Personal Perspectives in Photographs”.

Additionally, 48 prints that illustrate the scope of the work of the club’s talented members are featured, along with the three winning images from over 150 that entered the “Summer People’s Photo Competition”.


The exhibition committee

Sarah Lind of New Mills won first prize with her black and white photograph of her husband and young daughter.

She was thrilled and amazed to win.

“I have never participated in a competition before. I feel a little cheated as I took it off my phone,” she said.

Justin Garner, who judged the competition, said the winning entry jumped out at him right away.

“A while ago I judged the competition and reviewed all the entries this week. I’m absolutely right as I would always choose Sarah’s entry.

Richard Bell won second prize and Harry Platt came third.


The three winning images from over 150 who entered the ‘Summer People’s Photo Competition’

Chapel Camera Club chair Charlotte Nuttall thanked the museum team, Arts Council, Bingham Trust, High Peak Borough Council and individual advisers for their support.

“The lockdown has been challenging for all of us in different ways and the various images show the individual journeys and tell our story of how they felt during the lockdown as the experiences were all very different.”

International portrait photographer Emma Finch, who worked with the members on their lockdown project, officially opened the exhibit.

She said: “I am absolutely blown away by the quality of the pictures. What struck me the most is that it is an incredible social documentation.

“100 years from now children’s children will be able to look at these pictures and really understand what the lockdown meant to us, it covered every aspect.”

The Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, located on Terrace Road, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Every Saturday afternoon, during the exhibition, the club will organize “Meet the Photographer” sessions.

More information about the camera club, which has members from across the High Peak, can be found at www.chapelcameraclub.org.uk

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Tracey L. Sweeney