Diversity the key to success of Luminis exhibition

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REVIEW: Luminis Photography Exhibition, Watchtower.

As with any group exhibition of this size the subject matter is diverse but that diversity is an integral part of this appealing show.

Peter Gallagher’s small black and white landscape photographs tread a skilful path between abstraction and giving just enough information to evoke a strong sense of place.

In striking contrast to Peter work are the animal portraits of David Miller. It is rare to see animal representations imbued with the dignity and simply stated elegance shown in this series.

Richard Nixon’s graphic architectural abstractions contain just enough minutely judged information to give a strong and fresh sense of the built environment from which they are taken.

An emphasis on shape, colour and texture is also apparent in the panel of 25 small photographs made at the Tanfield railway yard by Marshall Calvert.

The natural forms and colours of flowers inspire Ian Taylor’s photographs. He has created beautiful prints which are delicate and intricate studies of his chosen subject matter.

Flowers are very evident too in some of Glenn Calvert’s images which examine the ways in which objects which start out beautiful, over time, naturally change and decay.

Roger Coulam’s work is visibly bold, startlingly original, and, at times, not easy to read. It also comes as a nice surprise to learn that many of these beautiful images are of discarded materials such as plastic and sea worn glass.

Paul Hattam’s eroded rock formations display a subtle range of fine textures and colours. They are a reminder for us to take notice and of and enjoy the natural forms around us which are all too easy to take for granted.

The photographs of Colin Dixon, initially at least, seems to be more accessible than many of the more abstract images in the show. However, on one level, they question the nature of seeing and the aesthetic appeal of things encountered. PAT DIXON