Photographer to give Antarctic lecture

A Budleigh Salterton photographer is giving an illustrated lecture on the Antarctic to raise money for Hospiscare.

Lucilla Phelps, of Copplestone Road, visited the Antarctic in 2004, after being inspired by reading of the exploits of William Shackleton nearly 100 years previously.

On her trip, she retraced much of the route Shackleton took, and took photographs of many of the same sites that had been photographed by James Hurley, the photographer on Shackleton’s expedition.

These photos, along with Hurley’s originals and many other shots of the Antarctic scenery and wildlife, will be shown during Lucilla’s lecture.

Lucilla’s photography career has included a stint as principal photographer of Sotheby’s Auctioneers, and she has photographed collections for auction houses around the world.

She currently gives Alpine landscape photography courses from her second home in France.

She said: “I became interested in the Antarctic when I read the book Endurance about Shackleton’s expedition – it got me completely hooked.

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“Then, in 2004, I joined an expedition which followed his route in reverse from South Georgia to the Antarctic via Elephant Island.

“At the lecture, I’ll be showing pictures that Hurley took, alongside my pictures from the same locations, showing how it’s hardly changed in 100 years.

“Really, I’m trying to encourage people to go to the Antarctic for themselves, because it’s magnificent.”

Lucilla’s lecture will take place at Matthews Hall in Topsham on October 22, from 7pm.

Tickets cost �10, including a complementary glass of wine. To book, call (01392) 688020.

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