Connected brings together some of the most talented and passionate amateur and pro photographers across the UK. Connected unites the artists by their love of image making and being creative, its about vision and the creative spirit so disregards the formal pomp of status, stature, selection committees and competition.
Each year two great photographers, Rob Knight and Karen Knight put a lot of effort and hard work into bringing together photographers across the UK in a joint exhibition. It takes place in The Patchings Arts Centre near Nottingham and is on until the 21st May.
It is a wonderful celebration of love for photography that we all share, and an opportunity to connect people who only know one another in the virtual world of social media. It is also a celebration of a print. We see far too many images online and not enough printed and hung on gallery walls. There is no doubt that digital display can never do justice to even the most stunning image. The good people at Fotospeed, who sponsored the event and were present at the opening, know it so well.
The grand opening was a great success. All the displayed work is outstanding and I am really happy I got to meet many of those who are behind those beautiful images in person. I was also honoured to give a talk about my photographic journey and to share the stage with an amazing photographer Guy Aubertin.
A part of the opening event was a charity print auction for Van Geest Cancer Research Centre in Nottingham. If you couldn't participate you can still donate via JustGiving website.
All in all it was a wonderful day of sharing, inspiration and fellowship, and I came back home with great memories and three stunning prints by fantastic photographers Valerie Dalling, Kevan Brewer and Karen Knight. I can't wait for next year. It will be a special one, as Rob and Karen will be celebrating 10 years of organising this event.
If you would like to see all the exhibitors' images, please head for the Connected Exhibition website. It's worth spending some time looking through the stunning landscape images that are being captured by great photographers across UK.
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