Saturday, 22nd April was the first day of the Emsworth Arts Trail 2023. This year’s annual festival proved to be every bit as popular as in previous years. Many arts’ aficionados included the Museum in their trails. Dr Ben Timmis, LRPS, semi-retired consultant radiologist and committee member of the Emsworth Maritime & Historical Trust was the Arts Trail artist in the David Rudkin Room. His photographic exhibition was part of this year’s trail and ran on the 22nd and 23rd April as well as on the following bank holiday weekend.
Ben has been taking photographs for over 60 years, now mainly around Emsworth where he lives with his wife Sue and dog Daisy.
As Ben said: “I live in Emsworth, which has a wealth of photographic opportunities, blessed as it is with ever changing light and water … The images on display, apart from the large frameless ones, were all photographed, printed, and framed by me. I do not outsource anything.”
Ben learnt traditional photographic development and enlargement techniques while working temporarily in a professional darkroom. Digital photography is also part of his repertoire.
All the photographs on display were, and are, available in three sizes in varying limited editions. Each print is accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity. The largest frameless high-definition prints are produced in Germany, and these have a limited edition of 10.
Several of Ben’s photographic images of Emsworth have been made into greetings cards and are on sale in the Museum or at Bookends of Emsworth.