“Late Developer”

Photography ExhibitionI have always harboured a secret desire to be a decent photographer.  I realised I have some way to go when I attended the exhibition put on by Middleton Hall’s photography group on Wednesday evening.

It was a terrific evening.  Some fabulous photography and a real buzz around the visitors to the exhibition in the Orangery.

It is not long ago that I walked past one of our ponds to be surprised by a resident emerging from the undergrowth.  “I have got a new camera” she explained waving her camera at me, when I looked slightly startled by what appeared to be a member of the paparazzi, “My family got me a digital camera for my birthday and I have joined the photography group”.

And her work (she was hiding in the bushes to capture the moorhens rather than celebrities) was on display with other members of the group on Wednesday evening. There were plenty of photographs that would not have looked out of place at a professional exhibition.

There is research suggesting that as we get older, learning new skills is one of the ways to keep our brains functioning well and potentially help to prevent the onset of dementia.

During the exhibition I was asked to join the photography group by the bar and received a surprise presentation of a stunning panoramic picture of Middleton Hall taken by one of our residents.  It was produced from a series of photographs cleverly “stitched” together.

We have asked several professional photographers to take a striking image of the retirement village over the years.  Their efforts pale into insignificance compared with the image taken by a member of the photography group.

A retirement village hosting such a display of art and talent must demonstrate that new skills can be learnt at any age.  Perhaps even by me eventually.

Thank you to all our talented photographers for an outstanding evening and for the beautiful picture.

Middleton Hall 2015 Calendars are on sale in reception featuring the photography group’s work of images around the retirement village.  All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society.