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My First Solo Exhibition – “Trees in Their Places”

Towards the end of 2018, I decided my photography needed  a better sense of direction and purpose. I had not been a member of a traditional photographic society for maybe 3-4 years and I felt that more contact with like minded photographers would provide me with inspiration and motivation to move my photography forward.

Some years ago I had been a member of the Lancashire Monochrome Group. Lancs Mono are a non-competitive group whose main focus is the monochrome print and whose meetings are mainly made up of members presenting their work in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation and encouragement. This sounded like an attractive proposition and a decision to rejoin the group was not difficult.

On the east side of the Pennines there is another photography group – the Yorkshire Monochrome Group. They have a similar ethos to Lancashire Monochrome, although most of their meetings also include a speaker and a good lunch :). A monthly trip over the hills certainly has its attractions so I joined the Yorkshire Monochrome Group as well.

Both decisions have worked out well, I am pleased to say. In the last nearly two years I have presented my images before some very accomplished photographers and some of my prints have been hung in exhibitions as far wide as Leyland, Wath, Saddleworth and Keighley.

And now, through an arrangement between Lancashire Monochrome Group and the Mercure Hotel Bolton (BL6 5RU on the A6 near Blackrod) and with thanks to both, I have my first solo exhibition. It can be found in the main bar area in the hotel from Monday 7 September 2020 until the end of the year.

The exhibition is about trees and the spaces they occupy in the landscape. I have featured some of the magnificent places that trees are privileged to occupy. In some images, prominence is given to a single tree or a group of trees, in others the main focus is on the space around them.

Prints of images in the exhibition will shortly be made available for purchase. Details of how to purchase prints can be found on “Prints For Sale” page. I will be uploading a gallery including all the prints from the Exhibition shortly. In the meantime, if you have enjoyed the exhibition, please leave a comment below.

Here is a teaser from the exhibition from one of my favourite places – Buttermere. 

Andrew Auty LRPS 7 September 2020

Addendum 10 September 2020: I have just added all the images in my Exhibition into my Galleries here:

1 The Famous Buttermere Tree

Lockdown Walk

Lockdown Walk

After many weeks confined largely to the house, a good walk around my immediate locality has been a welcome relief. And, I had my camera with me 🙂 – my Pentax K-5, converted to Infrared (720nm). I was on my own so I could go wherever I reasonably wanted and I had the time to take as long as I needed. Continue reading


Misty Buttermere

It’s hard to believe that almost 10 months have passed since I last put pen to paper (so to speak), but it is and here I am near the end of another year – another year older and, like many others, I wonder where the time has gone. Sadly, like the others. I don’t have a proper answer.

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Unhappy Anchor on the Slipway at the old Lifeboat Station in Lytham

It doesn’t seem like more than 3 years ago – but it is. On 25 February 2013, I visited St. Annes and then Lytham. The day was very cold and very dull and the results were generally in keeping with this. Having said that, the day did have its moments. I have already posted about an image of Lytham Windmill taken on that day, which I rather like (hence the post, I suppose). Continue reading

Crackpot Falls

On 23 April I ventured over to Yorkshire towards Reeth in Swaledale to photograph Crackpot Falls. I’d previously tried to photograph them last August but, although I got quite close to them, I didn’t actually manage to find them and returned home unfulfilled.

This time, thanks to some precise directions kindly provided by local photographer Sandi Cockayne, I had no trouble at all in finding the location and, as soon as I stopped, I could hear I was in the right place and I was not disappointed. Continue reading

Croston Eclipsed in Monochrome

On 20 March 2015, I grabbed (yes, that’s what happened – you sometimes have to work quickly to take the opportunity when it comes along) a few images from my back garden during the eclipse. I was quite happy with the muted colours and a bit of drama in the colour images (see earlier post) but now I’ve edited one as a monochrome image which I feel is much more pleasing. Continue reading