Photographers’ varied mix goes on display

A VARIED mix of photographs by young Banburyshire artists forms the next exhibition in the foyer gallery at the Mill Arts Centre.

Five photographers, all graduating this month from the Oxfordshire School of Creative Arts, contribute.

Work ranges from traditionally shot black and white prints to colour studies of feminist subjects and modern lifestyle images capturing personal moments.

Laura Boffin, from Bodicote, Claire McBride also from Bodicote, Victoria O’Rourke, from Banbury, Ann-Marie Essex, from Kings Sutton and Chloe Gentry, from Middleton Cheney all have work on display.

Laura Boffin’s pictures are taken from her work studying steam power. “I’m fascinated in how steam is still used in our society, mainly by enthusiasts through personal interest,” she says.

“I have taken pictures at Crofton Mill in Wiltshire and at the Didcot Railway and Hook Norton Brewery. My work is all taken on a very old Wista 5x4 field camera – using black and white film that I develop and print in the darkroom.”

Miss Boffin has completed five years’ training as a photographer and returns to Banbury College in September for a year as artist in residence.

Victoria O’Rourke’s images show how women and fit into society and the world. Appropriately entitled You Are Only You, this series of photographs has been built into a multimedia installation.

Claire McBride is a mature student who set up her own business while working towards her degree and specialises in lifestyle photography and Chloe Gentry displays a selection of pictures taken with a panoramic camera in a favourite wood. And Ann-Marie Essex has focused on the rural scenes in and around her home village, Kings Sutton, featuring the community’s varied colours and textures.

The exhibition can be seen during Mill opening hours until August 11.

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