Pauline Rook Photography

Pauline Rook is a professionally qualified photographer, 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.

For her portrait work she has small studio in Lopen, but prefers to work on location using the beauty of Somerset to bring a unique look to every commission .

Her professional work 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.

She has won many professional awards within the region, 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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  • At last some sun!!

    At last after what seems like weeks of gloom, the sun shone and there were some reasonable clouds.  Went for a delightful walk from the ancient village of Dunkeswell round to the Mackhams and back.  A few images caught my eye on the way that were suitable for the Infra red treatment.

  • Spring Walk in the Blackdown Hills

    My absolute favourite time of year and the first day with some good clouds and interesting light that there has been for months.  I took my Infra red camera to capture the breaking leaves. The special thing about walking in the Blackdown Hills are the surprises that lurk round every corner.

  • Winter walks

    Somerset Arts Weeks came and went in a flash it seems, the weather was good and the event well supported. I realised, after explaining very many times about infra red photography ,  that the high sun in Africa was ideally suited to this type of photography.  Back home in England out in the countryside everything […]