Exmouth photographers showcase work

A GROUP of amateur photographers who met after signing up for evening classes are showcasing their work to the public for the first time.

A GROUP of amateur photographers who met after signing up for evening classes are showcasing their work to the public for the first time.

The Through Our Eyes exhibition has been inspired by the everyday use of a digital camera - capturing shots of life and the world.

The Digital Photography Interest Group (DIG) is made up of a group of men and women who juggle picture taking with their everyday lives.

The exhibition runs at A la Ronde, from Saturday April 24 until Wednesday May 5, 11am-5pm. Entry is free.

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DIG member, and photography tutor, Bryan Webb said: "What marks out this particular show of photographs is the roots from which it has grown, and the photographers involved.

"All, apart from myself, are not your what you might call a normal type of photographer. All come from pretty much ordinary backgrounds representing quite an interesting mix and situation.

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"I think that the achievements of their images on show might well encourage visitors to A la Ronde to take up, develop and pursue their own interests in digital photography."

DIG started up after an adult learning photography course at Exmouth's Kennaway Centre folded due to changes in adult education.

Keen to continue with their hobby, eight keen photographers formed DIG and regularly meet for joint photo shoots.

Teresa Brown, who works part-time for a pensions company, hairdresser Lesley Weeks, aerospace engineer Karen MacGarvie, retired Peter Fry and Mike Sissons, married father-of-one Andy Preece and Budleigh Salterton estate agent Richard Boud make up the group along with tutor Bryan Webb.

Mr Webb, who tutored the original adult learning course, said:

"It's a great honour and pleasure to be able to celebrate our prints through this, our first exhibition.

"Using a digital camera to record everyday or memorable events, special holidays or a love of flowers or landscape, is a very common and popular use of a digital camera.

"The work shown reflects this type of digital photography in the lives of the exhibitors.

"It represents the individual interests of each member and work by the group's tutor.

"It also includes a small number of images shot around A la Ronde."

* The exhibition is at A la Ronde, Summer Lane, Lympstone, April 24-May 5, 11am-5pm. Closed Thursday and Friday. Entry is free.

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