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Flash, Bang, Wallop... What a picture!
Wednesday 21st September, 2011

Flash, Bang, Wallop... What a picture!
Puffin by Steve Hitchen

A new exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life will showcase the work of some of the best photographers in the borough.

Members of Wigan Photographic Society make it their mission to show just how creative and enriching taking photographs can be.

And to emphasise the point, eight of their members will be displaying their work at the Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street until February.

Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see stunning wildlife and portrait shots from this multi award winning group.

Lisa Naylor is one of those exhibiting, she said: I love photography for its ability to capture moments in time that would otherwise be lost, the creativity a camera allows you the chance to find some beautiful and quiet moments in a hectic world.

The society also wants to encourage people in the borough to get active and pick up their cameras.

Members have organised a series of drop-in events at the museum which will help would-be photographers to get started or improve their skills. Topics include choosing the right camera for Christmas, taking better pictures of your family and photographic opportunities around Wigan.

Younger visitors to the exhibition can also enjoy playing on the photographic interactive table, making and using a pin-hole camera, making images on light sensitive paper and getting to grips with the interactive photograph album.

During October half-term they will also be able to dress up and have their photograph taken just like a Victorian.

Alongside the superb photographs, there is a small display of cameras and other photographic equipment loaned by society members to illustrate the development of photography through the ages from the conventional to the digital era.

Further information about the exhibition and a full list of photographic events can be obtained from the Museum of Wigan Life on 01942 828 128 and in the Arts and Heritage Events and Exhibitions Guide July to December 2011.

The exhibition runs from 22 September until 22 February.

For further information visit www.wlct.org.

The Museum of Wigan Life is managed by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust on behalf of Wigan Council.

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