Underwater photographer makes a splash with Samaritans

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 05/17/2021 - 10:44am

If you think all charity shops are the same, think again - the Samaritans’ store in Sidmouth is not only a successful fund-raising outlet but it’s also a unique showcase for some of the area’s best artistic talents.

The shop, located in a former bank building, reopened from lockdown last month and within three weeks had attracted 700 paying customers, providing much-needed financial assistance for the Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch of the charity.

But it’s more than just the usual mix of cards and donated items, because part of the shop operates as a showcase for...

Life Behind a Lens

Event Date: 
10/05/2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Deer Park Country House Hotel, Weston, Honiton

If you love watching ground-breaking BBC wildlife programmes, like: The Hunt, South Pacific & Planet Earth, you won't want to miss this...

Spencer Cobby: Why I volunteer with Age UK Exeter

Exeter photographer Spencer Cobby has been volunteering with Age UK Exeter for just over a year. He first decided to contact the charity after a conversation with his neighbour Ann, herself a volunteer.

Upon speaking to Corinne Bailey, Development Manager at Age UK Exeter, it immediately became apparent that Spencer's skills would be put to good use.

“I contacted Age UK Exeter because I had some spare time on my hands and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those around me,” said Spencer.

“Corinne was very excited about the fact that I was a...

Exeter photographer tops national competition

An Exeter Photographer has been awarded a coveted ‘runner up’ prize in a national photography competition. Gareth Beynon, 42, from Exeter, has been awarded one of the five ‘runner up’ spots in National Accident Helpline's #FreshStartPhotos competition, along with £50 in Amazon vouchers, with his entry: "The Long Road Ahead".

He said: "Starting out on a new journey with the road stretching ahead of you." The competition was judged by the editorial team at Photography Monthly Magazine, who said of the entry: "We liked that this image is relatable to anyone that looks at it. It could...

Acclaimed photographer's work in city

Fresh from a summer debut in Mayfair, the works of an internationally acclaimed Hollywood photographer are set to go on display in Exeter this week. Castle Galleries, Exeter will be displaying original works from one of the world’s most influential and talented fashion photographers and artists, Raphael Mazzucco, from Saturday 6th September. As a photographer, Mazzucco’s style has evolved over the years and now seamlessly brings together painting, drawing, photography, collage and resin, to create layered art that has an almost hypnotic quality. Mazzucco’s bold collection, entitled Montauk...

Photographic Portrait Day- Escot, Nr Exeter

Event Date: 
28/05/2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU

A cost effective way to get some beautiful portraits of your family whilst enjoying a fun-filled day out and solving that all important Father's Day present!

This Wednesday & Friday, I will be running Photographic Portrait Days at Escot Park, Nr Exeter. My blog ( ) has all the information.

Slots fill up fast so call the office (0800 157 7203) or email me ( ) to book your place.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Venetia x

Local filmmaker is Seeing Red

Authored by lukejeffery
Posted: Sun, 05/25/2014 - 7:37am

Newton Abbot writer/director, Luke Jeffery, 22, has been commissioned to make his film Seeing Red by Exeter Phoenix as part of their Devon Short Film Commission scheme, and is currently auditioning actors and crew.

Set in the 1960s, the surreal comedy is about a straight-laced wedding photographer who is prescribed LSD in a misguided attempt to cure his colour blindness, and will be filmed in and around Exeter and Newton Abbot. The film willpremiere at the Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights film festival on December 12th.

Playing the role of photographer Drake Dalton is...

SW Photographer helps Met Office with summer campaign

Award-winning South West Photographer Tim Pestridge is helping the Met Office to create a series of short films about photography and the weather to feature as part of its new ‘Get Ready for Summer’ campaign. This is a particularly prestigious opportunity for Tim as he joins a list of high profile organisations and companies helping the campaign such as the RNLI, Cancer Research UK and the Forestry Commission.

The Met Office #loveukweather campaign has recently been launched, with the content from different partner organisations offering the public safety advice and things to do,...

Local Photographer Wins Prestigious Annual Award

Exeter-based photographer, Tim Pestridge LBIPP, has received acclaim for his work in commercial photography after achieving the Joint Licentiate of the Year Award at the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) Qualification Awards. These awards are to recognise the best photographers who qualified with the BIPP within the past year.

Tim graduated from The University of Plymouth in 1995, having studied a BA Combined Honours Degree covering Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Over the next 10 years, Tim experienced a breadth of different creative roles such as...

Local Photographer Exhibits Chernobyl Photographs

Authored by photoboy
Posted: Sat, 02/02/2013 - 9:19am

Exeter-based professional photographer Mark Gawthorne of Evolve Photography is exhibiting a series of photographs he took to commemorate 25 years since the world's worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl and Prypiat.

The haunting photographs showing the deserted towns are on display from 3rd to 28th February at Cafe 36 in Cowick Street, St Thomas - ironically where Mark began his photographic career 23 years ago at the former studio PK Photography. Mark now works as a freelance photographer.

Following the exhibition the framed limited edition prints will be auctioned off...