Life through a lens

THE UNIQUE quality of everyday life is the source of inspiration for an upcoming photography exhibition. Colin Page, 42, of Winifred Road, Dagenham, will exhibit 45 of his breathtaking photographs at The Gallery in Barking Learning Centre, between March 2

THE UNIQUE quality of everyday life is the source of inspiration for an upcoming photography exhibition.

Colin Page, 42, of Winifred Road, Dagenham, will exhibit 45 of his breathtaking photographs at The Gallery in Barking Learning Centre, between March 27 and April 17.

The semi-professional freelancer fell for photography at the age of 15.

He mastered the technicalities as well as the art of his skill with the help of a book and that of an inspiring father, who himself is a hobby photographer.


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Other training included the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and an HND in photography at Barking College.

Mr Page also worked in various darkrooms and exhibited in the Mall Gallery in central London, at the Association of Photographers and he has had work published in the British Journal of Photography.

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The themes in his photographs revolve around everyday life in Barking and Dagenham and London.

He said: "I photograph everyday things that we see and never stop to think about, or you don't take in or look at."

"We go back to the same things but it's never the same. The light, for example, is constantly changing."

Among his favourite subjects are nature and the turning seasons, but also architecture.

Mr Page is notably humble when it comes to describing his style.

He said: "Some of it is classed as fine art but it's just photography the way I see it. It's nice to pin-point certain things. Sometimes you have a tunnel vision.

With an artisan approach, he seems unimpressed by digital technology.

His camera of choice is an old-fashioned and analogue and contain a black and white film roll.

He said: "It's more hands-on. There is more skill involved and the whole thing is under my control, from taking the picture to developing, printing and framing it.

"With a digital picture you only push buttons on a computer."

However, he is not generally opposed to new techniques as the exhibition will feature a couple of computer-generated pictures and colour photographs as well.

An Exhibition of Photography by Colin Page will take place between March 27 and April 17 at The Gallery, Barking Learning Centre, Barking.

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