TWO photographers' work is currently on display at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.
Synergy is the latest collection by the artist Kate Barry. Each image holds a different story and as a collection the six images explore the balance between various emotions along with an abstract take on the world around us, reducing the environment to triangles, textures and bold colours. The images are eye catching, edgy and contemporary.
Former Westwood High School student Kate studied A Level Photography at Leek College. She then went on to Nottingham Trent University to study Photography as Art Practice gaining first class honours. Kate is currently based in Stoke-on-Trent and is forming a career in the creative industry with both her wedding photography and her art practice.
The second display of photography work currently on display at the Market Place venue is entitled "Tools for Small Trades" which is the latest collection of work by photographer Stephen Hodgetts, who lives in Wetley Rocks. This fantastic display of black and white photographs features a selection of vintage hand tools used by traditional trades' people and has been inspired by the wonderful book: Small Trades by respected American photographer Irving Penn who photographed small traders dressed in their uniforms and everyday clothes.
The Tools for Small Trades Exhibition draws inspiration and replicates Penn's methods but uses modern equipment and techniques. It is an on-going project which Stephen hopes will result in the images being replicated into a book.
Stephen has been interested in photography for over 30 years and specialises in Fine Art black and white Photography.