Pauline Rook Photography

Blackdown Hills Exhibition

I am thrilled to announce that the next exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury  will be featuring my photographs in the Blackdown Hills taken over the past 20 years.  The Exhibition is now open Tues- Sat 10am – 5pm. Please contact the museum to book  01458 831197

It features a few pictures from my original commission in 2002, which was all film based work  and carries on with  up to my recent work in Infrared.

The exhibition prints have been carefully printed on the rich Fotospeed paper Legacy which gives a unity to the collection which have been taken on many many different cameras .

The original commission was to capture the ‘Spirits and Essence” of the Blackdown Hills and I felt that the picture below of a large group of farmers having a convivial day out shooting – did just that

7 Shoot

James Crowden writes

” The inner strength of this project brings together isolated communities and recognises that they are part of something larger.  That is the power of photographs. “They provide a key element in rural survival and self-esteem as well as providing a vital record for the future.”

Pauline Rook is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society  living and working in Somerset. She specialises in portraiture but is equally well known for her rural documentary work.

Working on a dairy farm, brought out her passion for black and white photography as she sought to document the rapidly changing world around her. She studied at an advanced level  and learned the skills needed to take photographs in dark and difficult circumstances and to produce top level monochrome prints.

Her photographic journey  started in the black and white darkroom and this experience is still a major influence on her work.

Pauline has embraced the change to digital photography and enjoys the many creative  advantages it has .  She is currently been working with a camera that has had its Infra Red filter removed. This means that there is no pretence that the resulting photographs represent anything other than an artifice, but that it offers a different outlet for artistic expression.  The use of normal photographic technique is still there but the pictures reveal a surreal world where there are no colours but light or dark tones depending on how much IR radiation the subject emits.

Her work has been published in books and magazines. Pauline’s photographs can be seen at the Gallery of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen in Broad St, Wells




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