Snappers really put city in the picture

Crawling Babies of Prague by Keith Lord. To be displayed at Sheffield Photographic Society's Perspectives 9 Exhibition
Crawling Babies of Prague by Keith Lord. To be displayed at Sheffield Photographic Society's Perspectives 9 Exhibition
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It’s often said - by residents if not necessarily by anyone else - that Sheffield is a picture perfect city.

An exhibition starting next week is set to prove the point.

More than 40 city snappers are set to exhibit their work at the Winter Garden as part of the Sheffield Photographic Society’s annual landmark Perspectives show.

And while their images will include dozens of shots taken all around the world - from birds in Costa Rica to bottles in Ironbridge - the majority will be pictures taken right here in South Yorkshire and the Peak District.

Think evocative shots of pubs, colourful pictures of street art and some seriously stunning snaps of Ladybower Reservoir.

“Our Perspectives exhibition of prints in the Winter Garden is our first big exhibition of the season and has grown significantly since the first one nine years ago,” explains Mike Smith, exhibition organiser. “Our members choose which of their work to display so we have a wide range of styles and genres of photography represented from traditional to creative and abstracts to landscapes.

“But it’s always great to have so many shots of Sheffield, South Yorkshire and the Peak District. We always find they’re some of the most popular because people love to look at a different interpretation of something they have seen themselves.”

The show - featuring about 100 images, all by amateurs - kicks off the countdown to the society’s 150th anniversary year in 2014. As such, a special display will be devoted to reproductions of some of the oldest photographs in the group’s archives.

“This will be a taster for a special anniversary exhibition we are planning for 2014 on the theme of ‘now and then’ which will look back over our 150 years,” explains Mike.

For now, the show begins on Monday and will run until Sunday November 10. It will be officially opened by Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley at noon on the first day.

Each picture will come with a line of explanation written by the photographer. Members of the 100-strong society will be on hand each lunchtime to give further information about the society or simply to chat about photography.

Mike again: “We are grateful to the Winter Garden for hosting it for the ninth year running. I hope everyone who sees the prints will find something of interest and thought provoking.”

Entry is free.