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The Diary: She’s a shooting star

Linda, a retired school teacher is to have an exhibition in the Winter Gardens of her landscape photography.

Linda, a retired school teacher is to have an exhibition in the Winter Gardens of her landscape photography.

  • by Colin Drury
 

HOW passionate is Linda Jackson about her photography? Quite, it seems.

“You find yourself in some unusual situations,” says the retired teacher of Bradway Road, Bradway. “I remember in the Isle Of Skye being on these slippery rocks virtually under a waterfall with no-one about. The first time I realised it wasn’t safe was when I’d got the picture. Until then, that picture was all I cared about.”

More proof of passion? She’s spent hours in Lady Spring Wood, in Abbeydale, waiting for the right light to fall, and can often be found at dawn around Derwent in search of a perfect shot.

Oh, and she dragged husband Steve to Utah in the US – “because I heard the national parks there are some of the most beautiful in the world for photography”.

In short, she’s committed.

And next month you can see that for yourself. She’s been booked to exhibit her astonishing landscapes – seen here – at the Winter Gardens, in the City Centre.

“It’s exciting,” says the 64-year-old mother-of-one. “The only place I’ve really exhibited before is in my own home. I have four on rotation. My husband is very patient with me.”

The 48 images on show will include local beauty spots such as Padley Gorge, in the Peak District, and those taken further afield like Crackpot Falls in the Yorkshire Dales. They have been snapped over the last six years when Linda, a member of Sheffield Photographic Society, returned to this one-time teenage obsession.

“It becomes all consuming because you want to constantly get the perfect picture,” she says. “I just hope this exhibition catches some people’s eyes as they walk through.”

Runs March 11 to 15.

 

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