Photography in the focus at Leamington gallery

Artwork by James Callaghan.Artwork by James Callaghan.
Artwork by James Callaghan.
Two Leamington photographers are showcasing their work at the town centre-based Gallery 150 this summer.

The venue in Livery Street this week opened the joint exhibition - which features works by self-taught ‘photographic artist’ Clare Acford and former professional automotive photographer James Callaghan.

Clare took up photography as a hobby seven years ago and joined a camera club and has since taught herself new skills. She has achieved accreditation as both an Associate and a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS and LRPS) and is working towards gaining Fellowship status with the organisation.

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She said: “My own style is developing but I am always keen to try new ideas. I think of myself as more of a ‘photographic artist’ and try to portray mood and feelings into my images.”

Artwork by Clare Acford.Artwork by Clare Acford.
Artwork by Clare Acford.

She describes this new exhibition, Journey of the Mind, as “a series of images that set out to illustrate how someone who is finding it hard to deal with the pressures of modern life can sink into depression when situations become hard to handle”, adding: “Each picture tries to portray the battle between thoughts and images that appear in the mind during such a difficult period.”

James has specialised as an automotive photographer but, he says, photography “is a way of life” for him.

He said: “This exhibition will allow the viewer to escape to a far off land where all worries are lapped by the tidal ocean.”

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The gallery is also celebrating the appointment of new manager, Kate Livingston, who has curated exhibitions for the gallery as well as at the White Horse pub and set up an art club at the Warwick Arms (formerly Sozzled Sausage).

Both exhibitions are on until August 18. Entry is free and opening times are Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm.