Photos on show

THE Arts Office in Laois County Council from tomorrow will be hosting an exhibition of photography by a group of enthusiastic hobby photographers from around Laois. The group has been tutored by professional photographer Alf Harvey at the METAC Centre in Mountrath. Their exhibition will be officially launched by newly appointed GAA President Liam O’ Neill, tomorrow Thursday May 17 in County Hall in Portlaoise at 7.30pm.

THE Arts Office in Laois County Council from tomorrow will be hosting an exhibition of photography by a group of enthusiastic hobby photographers from around Laois. The group has been tutored by professional photographer Alf Harvey at the METAC Centre in Mountrath. Their exhibition will be officially launched by newly appointed GAA President Liam O’ Neill, tomorrow Thursday May 17 in County Hall in Portlaoise at 7.30pm.

As a professional photographer, Alf shares his experience and skills to bring his students’ photographic talents to the fore which is a proven preferred method by many worldwide. The course set out to assist the participants to improve their skills in taking pictures, as well as learning how to save, file, edit and print images and to become familiar with their cameras and software. The overall ethos of the group is to

develop the necessary skills and to have fun along the way to talking great pictures.

Participants in the course come from all over Laois as well as Offaly, and some are complete novices to photography, while others are more advanced. “As well as the classes we go on location for a shoot as well, this time we went to Ballinakill. Being out with the camera does help the class, and there is a social aspect as well. The social aspect is very important, everybody gets to know eachother and we all work together”, said Alf.

“I learn a lot from teaching the group, a lot of my material is very routine and teaching the class helps me to use different settings and freshen up my own approach, as well as opening up my mind. I’m very impressed with this class, there are some people with compact cameras and what they have produced is stunning. People get to know instantly what to do with the camera and how to use it, and then they will

concentrate on the photo instead of the camera”.

Alf told the Leinster Express that he is delighted with the results of this class which was run for only eight weeks. “There is great diversity in the group, especially with suggesting an exhibition, they have planned and done it all themselves and I am very proud”.

The class is delighted to be invited to exhibit in Áras an Chontae in Portlaoise by fellow member, Cathaoirleach John Bonham MCC who is himself a keen photographer.

The 12 students will each exhibit four photographs covering a very wide selection of interests and Alf will also exhibit four of his own favorite works. The 52 prints include landscapes, animals, flowers, art and much more, showing the diverse interests of the group.

The photographers exhibiting work include John Bonham, Margot Coogan, Caroline Dunlea, Jim Fennelly, Trish Finnane, Ann Fitzgerald, Alf Harvey, Elaine Justin, Mary Kirwan, Maeve Morrissey, Hollie O’Donoghue, Olive Payne, Eddie Phelan and Fiona Phelan.

This exhibition will run from Thursday May 17 until Friday June 8 and can be viewed by the public in Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The exhibition will then move to Eddie Phelans coffee shop iin Mountrath following its display in Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise.

For more details on this exhibition contact the Arts Office at 057 8674342/44 or by email at artsoff@laoiscoco.ie.