I am a member of two of the specialist groups within the Royal Photographic Society, the Visual Art Group and the Digital Imaging Group, and both of these have annual members exhibitions, so naturally I entered some images into both. I was pleased to have these two accepted for the DIG Projected Exhibition (my entries for the VA Group can be seen here).
‘The Watcher’ was shot at Potters Manor on one of several visits I paid to that wonderful house, whilst there were still lots of paintings and books remaining, and before the staircase bannisters had been completely removed by thieves. There was some fire damage to the floor of the entrance hall, creating potential ‘quick entry’ to the cellar below, but I have used additional texture here to enhance the general feeling of decay and disrepair.
‘Desolation Echoes’ was taken at Talgarth Asylum in Wales, in the middle of winter, and my overwhelming memory of that day was of how exceedingly cold and wet it was inside the building. It wasn’t just damp, the walls were actually dripping in many places, puddles formed underfoot and moss grew in green carpets across the floors. The beautiful piano was buckling and peeling from the moisture in the air, a sad shadow of its’ former self and destined only to moulder away with the asylum itself.