Events Walthamstow

Photography: Patterns in Nature

A nature photography exhibition at the Mill Community Centre in Walthamstow will showcase the patterns inherent in the natural world

Credit: George Turner Photography

Snapped by a recent photography graduate George Turner, this captivating close-up shot of an owl fly wing won the East London Waterworks Park’s 2023 World Photography Day photo competition.

The photo will be on display at The Mill Community Centre in Walthamstow from 5th March until 4th April during the Patterns in Nature exhibition.

Speaking after his win, George said: “I took this photograph during a thunderstorm in the middle of the OSA Peninsula, Costa Rica.

This owl fly was taking shelter under a branch, so I lay on my back, holding my camera upside down and began shooting!”

The Patterns in Nature exhibition will feature the work of gifted photographers of all ages.

Sponsored by FRMD, the exhibition will feature the winners, runners-up and highly commended photographs from the East London Waterwork’s Park 2023 World Photography Day photo competition.

Competition judge Jonathan Perugia said: “The photos reveal the deep passion people have for nature, capturing the essence
of our community’s connection with the environment and the enthusiasm to create a unique place for wildlife and wild swimming in East London.”

Credit: Georgia Merton

Also featured in the exhibition will be a stunning snap from Clapton resident and multidisciplinary artist Georgia Merton who sought to capture the adventurous spirit of those who seek solace in open water. Speaking on her photo, Georgia said: “This photograph was taken of my son when we were in South Africa visiting family five years ago. I called it ‘River Swims’ as his middle name is also River!”


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A nature collage by 13-year-old Sam Oldham, who won the under-16 category, will also be in the exhibition.

Credit: Sam Oldham

Describing the collage, which he put together when he was just eleven, Sam said: “One summer, I was looking closely at the blossoming plants in my small, paved Hackney garden when I thought to use my Macro Lens (attached to a phone) to capture these hidden gems.

“These patterns of nature were small but powerful. I then arranged them into a colourful configuration, with the pink and purple pictures forming a diagonal line through the frame.

“These photos show that if you look closely and carefully, everyone can find their own hidden gems in any ordinary garden or park.”

See George’s work on his Instagram: @georgeturnermacro, and you can follow Georgia on Instagram @georgiamertonart .

Find out more about the exhibition here


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