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Cards to help home hounds

I have finally completed my paintings of the sponsor hounds at Greyhound Trust Hall Green and was very excited to receive my first copies of the cards, both as single cards and as packs of 5 cards, with one of each hound.

These cards are available exclusively from Greyhound Trust Hall Green, from the kennels and soon to be available via their website. All profits will go to helping greyhounds to find their forever homes.

Photographing unexpected beauty

During my summer workshop at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, I set the participants the task of photographing unexpected beauty.  I asked them to create images that demonstrated the unexpected beauty that we can see around us when we take the time to actually see.

Any time we study something attentively, our wonder can be inspired, regardless of the apparent banality of the subject.  As Frederick Franck found, “When I start drawing an ordinary thing I realise how extraordinary it is, what a sheer miracle: the branching of a tree, the structure of a dandelion’s seed puff.”

He also suggested that in learning to see more clearly, we begin to see a much bigger picture than we might have expected: “While drawing grasses I learn nothing ‘about’ grass, but wake up to the wonder that there is grass at all.”

This year I decided to complete this task alongside the course participants.  I often head straight for the glory of Woodbrooke’s gardens, so instead I decided to explore the house.  My first little gem was this piece of glass in a rather narrow door alongside the lift.  I loved the way the floral design reminded us of the lush greenery outside.

This next image was an example of one of those times when you turn around and realise that the real interest is behind you.  I went up the stairs a little, to see if there might be an interesting vantage point.  It turned out there was not, but when I came down I was struck by the beautiful curve of the bannister from above, only seen on the way down this staircase.

My third image was actually a real ‘Aha!’ moment, taken after I had packed my camera away.  Again I turned round, looked across the room…and couldn’t resist these paintbrushes!

Elliott Erwitt

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt