(Above) Julia Cameron's photographs took little time to win a photography award. Image: flickr.com/photos/ julia_m_cameron
Exhibition: Julia Cameron, Hungate Medieval Art, Norwich, until August 28 2010
Just a few months after Julia Cameron decided to give up a career in education and focus on photography, she scooped first prize in the 2009 Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust photography competition last year.
Not only did her work beat 160 other entries for the Norwich Medieval Churches competition, but her images also came top in four of the seven different categories. A few months later, her Hungate Focus exhibition debuts at Hungate Medieval Art.
Cameron presents the Medieval church from a new perspective, with beautiful photographs showing the fine but obscure features of St Peter Hungate.
Photography has been an interest of Julia's for most of her adult life, but taking early retirement following redundancy in August 2009 allowed her the time and opportunity to become a full-time photographer.
In October 2009, her "career move" saw Cameron enter and win the HEART competition, with the associated exhibition being held at the city’s Forum.
Her image of St Stephen's Church, entitled Inside/Outside Reflections, received a great deal of praise from the judging panel, who described it as "simply a beautiful photograph…the light spills onto the arches, highlighting the detail in the stonework which is framed by the reflection of the trees."
They said the tone and warmth of the autumn leaves was "seductive" against the architecture of the church, crediting Cameron with creating "a piece of art."
Following on from this success, Cameron saw Hungate Medieval Art as an ideal location to showcase her work.
"The photographs of St Peter Hungate are designed to focus visitors on some of the unnoticed or inaccessible details of the building," she observes.
"Elements of the church such as floor, stairs, walls, roof and windows are viewed as form, colour and texture. I hope that the simple beauty and craftsmanship employed over the church’s long existence is captured in the images."
Open 10am-4pm Thursday-Saturday. Admission £3/£2.50.
Julia Cameron will be appearing at the Centre and discussing her work on August 6 2010. Call 01603 623254 or email the Centre Manager for more information.