Eyes Wide Open Exhibition

Really happy to announce that one of my photo has been selected to be featured in the Eyes Wide Open Exhibition at The New Vic Theatre to co-incide with the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Arnold Bennett, one of Stoke-on-Trent’s greatest literary legends.  The exhibition will be showcased simultaneously with The New Vic’s own production, a play titled, Anna of the Five Towns.  To celebrate all things Arnold Bennett, the local newspaper, The Sentinel has organised a photo exhibition to showcase photos from the five featured towns in Stoke-on-Trent featuring their past and present glory.  These towns are Hanley, Tunstall, Longton / Fenton, Stoke and Burslem.

There were over 900 photos submitted for the selection process from the The Snapper Squad team (which are currently standing at 400 members on their Facebook page). Out of the 900 photos only 33 photos were selected to be exhibited.  The Sentinel then printed these photos, framed them and has exhibited them at the cafe & shop area of The New Vic for display throughout the duration of the play which is from from 26 May until 17 June 2017.

The play, Anna of the Five Towns is an adaptation of Arnold’s  most-loved novel which tells the absorbing love story of a spirited young woman, Anna Tellwright, set against the backdrop of life in the Potteries.  Here’s my photo submission of the old Twyford building which was selected.  Do try to catch both the play as well as the exhibition if you can.



Title : If Only Walls Could Talk

Description: I took the photo of the former Twyford bathroom furniture building in Etruria as it has so much history behind it, the building was destroyed in an enormous fire in 2012 and has since left derelict with all the doors cordoned off. The main gate was open, so I managed to get a quick photo of the building to capture the ruins and what was once a thriving place, full of life but now abandoned. The photograph was taken using Nikon D700 with 35mm lens at f9 1/640s ISO 320.


The exhibition was launched on Tuesday, May 23 by The Deputy Editor of Stoke Sentinel, Rob Cotterill, while Steve Bould, the Sentinel Chief Photographer Editor was the person who co-ordinated the exhibition with the help of both Pete Stonier and Phil Radcliffe. The below shot is of the Snapper Squad members and their guests listening to Rob speak.


Here’s a photo of myself taken with my photo.


More photos which are currently adorned along the walls of The New Vic Theatre, also known as the Theatre in the Round located at Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme.


Some of the Snapper Squad and their families seeing the exhibited photos for the first time.


Some information about the Exhibition


A photo of me chatting taken by a Snapper Squad member, Jon Kelso


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Here’s a TV Advert about the play, Anna of the Five Towns


Snapper Squad has lots of talented photographers and its great that The Sentinel provides us the avenue to feature our photographs


Another photo of myself looking at the photos by Snapper Squad member, Jon Kelso


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