Pauline Rook Photography

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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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Fisheye fun

    A lockdown birthday present of a fisheye lens has been great fun combined with Infra red on daily walks.  Plenty of sunshine and some spectacular cloud days last week gave lots of photo opportunities!!  Can’t believe how close you can get and record a whole tree, those horned beasts were inches away!!

  • Blackdown hills

    At last some sunshine and no wind either.  Took some pictures that I am sure were truly great of some friendly horses – no card in the camera !!!!! At my age and stage!! We walked today with some good map reading, through a very remote and wild part of the hills, near Smeatharpe.  Fields with […]

  • Abbotsbury

    Decided to go to Abbotsbury for a walk and try and take some pictures.  It was supposed to be a sunny day, the first for seemingly ages in what has been a very grey winter so far. Only fleeting glimpses came through and never really at the right moment, but it was a lovely if […]