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Festival of photography explores ‘community’

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By Fiona Reid
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Festival of photography explores ‘community’

PROFESSIONAL and emerging photographers from across the globe and local to Dumfries and Galloway have all risen to the challenge of capturing community in a single photograph.

The result is a wonderfully varied and interesting exhibition, showcasing talent and creativity all in the very special setting at Shambellie House near New Abbey.

Exhibitors were asked to explain what community meant to them and the combination of text with photographs provides a rich, thought provoking and enjoyable experience for all who visit.

Images from young photographers in this region are sprinkled throughout the main exhibition and The Turret Room houses a preview of an up and coming exhibition of photographs ‘From Personal Stories to Exhibition’ capturing images and stories from and by local refugees and asylum seekers residing in Dumfries.

The Gallery Exhibition this year features guest photographer Laura Hudson Mackay ARPS, with her panel of photographs titled “Thresholds and Thin Places”.

And she will be at Shambellie House each day to talk through her own exhibition, techniques and inspiration as well as the ‘Community’ theme.

There are also talks and workshops, including a free talk and book signing on Tuesday with Jean Robson discussing her book ‘White’: A Photographic Exploration of the Svalbard Archipelago and the Antarctic Peninsula.

A Shambellie spokesperson said: “This is a very powerful exhibition with a strong message about community which means very different things to different people.

“We think supporting our local community is important and Shambellie House Trust is a local charity looking after this resource and offering the chance for everyone to enjoy the opportunity to relax, learn and enjoy through creativity. Come and see for yourself, cast a vote for the’ People’s Choice’ and the Shambellie Young Photographer of the Year and don’t miss your chance to support this special local asset in our community that is attracting visitors from far and wide.”

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