Standing Tall – Photographs by Stephen Martinson

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This exhibition, which opens on Saturday, January 22 at The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, celebrates the life and work of Stephen Martinson whose photographs span a wide range of subjects, some project based commercial images and others more personal.

His work was regularly published in a variety of magazines including Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Practical Photography and he also carved out a niche as a commercial photographer specialising in the hotel and leisure industries.

Standing Tall includes Stephen’s portfolio of work and storyboard ideas which includes some of his award winning images including landscapes and still life.

The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer Richard Hatfield believes that those visiting the exhibition will be fascinated by Stephen’s unique way of looking at every day objects.

“The imagery is fresh and full of ideas as he looks at objects, which we come across everyday, with fresh eyes and a new perspective,” he continued.

Stephen’s passion for photography began at Baysgarth School, Barton, and continued after he was forced to leave Leeds University, where he had been studying architectural engineering, because of a serious illness.

It was during this time Stephen went back to photography when he felt well enough to escape the monotony of treatment he was going through.  He found solace and a rekindled passion for the subject.

His creative background ensured he was never short of ideas, always keeping a sketchbook to note down possible compositions for photos.  He found as much inspiration looking at drawings and paintings for his photography as he did other photographers work.

As well as setting up his own website Stephen entered several competitions such as” My Favourite Things” at The Green Tree Gallery, Haywards Heath, West Sussex and a landscape competition through Artlink which was displayed at the Oncology and Haematology Centre at Castle Hill Hospital between 2008-2009.

He regularly had his work published in magazines, such as Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera and Practical Photography and did some commercial photography for a Bed and Breakfast in Taunton, Somerset.

Stephen, of Barrow upon Humber, died in 2009 at the age of 23 years.  All profits from this exhibition will be shared between Leukaemia Research and The Anthony Nolan Trust.

The exhibition closes on Sunday, March 6.

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