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Four very different views

The newest exhibition at the Waterfront Gallery in Milford Docks features the work of four very different local photographers all showing new work; Heather Bennett, Georgina Hughes, John Slater and David Street, here they explain what they're working on.

David Street who originally trained as a Fine Artist gaining a degree from Liverpool John Mores University now works in his favoured medium of photography producing mono macro images. "I use glass, metal and plastic in my work because of the way they absorb and reflect light. Light is integral to my work and I find that it's through its manipulation that mundane objects are often transformed into something unusual and unexpected."

Georgina Hughes takes inspiration from the richness and symbolism of Dutch still life painting, combined with Victoriana from her personal collection and flowers from her garden with the aim of engaging the viewer within her own world of personal reflection. As she explains, "Each item is framed within a compartment and holds a snapshot of one complete moment in time together with meticulous consideration to its orderly composition and colour."

Heather Bennett points out, "At many times of the year- even in mid-Summer, the weather changes rapidly in Pembrokeshire and the mist rolls in to cloak the water and land in mystery and I find these times hold a strange kind of beauty, haunting and dreamlike. Its almost monochrome total range adds to a sense of visual rest. " So many photographs and paintings of the sea are about storms or waves hitting the shoreline but this series of work from Heather really makes you want to stand and stare and take in the stillness.

John Slater MA a graduate from University of Wales Trinity St Davids likes to use innovative techniques, such as freezing objects, infrared photography, dry ice effects causing the images to jump from the canvas. John has continuously worked with a narrative from the natural environment. He said, "I 'm greatly concerned with ecological matters in Wales as nature has been my whole life and photography plays a great part in that."

The exhibition continues until 30 June and the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am till 400pm in May and Monday to Saturday from 1 June till 29 September with lunchtime closing from 12.30 till 1.30pm.



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