Exhibition Visit

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RPS Member Pauline Rook has an exhibition starting on January 8th 2022.

I’m visiting this exhibition on Saturday 12th of February, subject to covid restriction. Car sharing available (max 3).

The Blackdown Hills: A Photographic Portrait

A photographic exhibition documenting two decades of farming life on the Blackdown Hills opens at Somerset Rural Life Museum from 8 January to 19 March.

Somerset-based photographer Pauline Rook was commissioned in 2002 by the Countryside Agency to create a photographic record of the Blackdown Hills. Her brief was to capture the ‘spirit and essence’ of the area. The commission ignited a love of this unique corner of Somerset, and Pauline has now been photographing the landscape for almost 20 years. Over this period, she has explored hundreds of miles of country lanes and paths, getting to know the individuals, countryside and buildings that make the Blackdowns so distinctive.

Pauline said: “My principal passion continues to be working in the rural environment. I built up a photographic archive for the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty when it was newly designated. This relatively under-populated and inaccessible landscape of small farms and many lanes continues to fascinate and delight me.  I love to include farm animals in my pictures – my years of farming and having my own flock of sheep have come in handy.”

The countryside and photography have been lifelong passions to Pauline, who spent almost 20 years dairy farming in Somerset. This fuelled her desire to document the wonderful characters of the farming world. Pauline is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. The exhibition will bring together over 50 photographs and includes a selection of Pauline’s most recent work, captured using the infrared techniques she began to learn during lockdown.

Sam Astill, Head of Museums for the South West Heritage Trust, said: “The photographs tell a tale of rural survival as well giving an insight into the working practices of an accomplished Somerset photographer. We’re delighted to be exhibiting Pauline’s work in the museum whose many exhibits further explore the history of farming in the county.”

On 8 January and 12 February Pauline will be at the museum for a Meet the Artist event when she will be available to discuss her work with visitors. On 12 February Pauline will be giving an illustrated talk as part of the museum’s Talk and Tea series.

For more information and to book your visit go to srlm.org.uk

Image Copyright @ 2009 Pauline Rook

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