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Pictures As An Exhibition
Colin Sidaway, Features Writer
Does anybody know where this is?
Having paraphrased the musical work of Modest Mussorgsky, Starbeck Community Library would appear to be a world away, and so it is.

North Yorkshire have over 30 libraries spread over England’s largest county and unlike other authorities that have or in the process of closing their libraries, NY have chosen to keep their libraries open and want and need volunteers to help not only run their local library but also undertake fund raising activities.

Just to keep Starbeck Community Library open a volunteer staff of 40 people are required and all need training.

Part of the fundraising is by having a continuously changing exhibition of photographs and pictures taken and donated to the library. Having seen the photographs being mounted and adhered to the wall with blue tack I was unable to resist the opportunity of offering what I considered to some of my better photographs.

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Nowadays where digital photography is widely used and for an amateur like me is all forgiving in exposure and automatic light adjustment. A couple of my photographs were taken while I was still using film thirty years ago then the cost of each picture was only a few pence but only having 36 on each film, making transparencies meant that each and every frame needed to be right.

Since then of course things have moved on. In my present camera I have a mini disk that can store over 4,500 images and I am now on my third year and still I haven’t used up all the disk memory and with the development of tablets and mobile phone technology there is unlimited capacity for storage and the definition is truly amazing. I have taken a few of my analogue slide images and put them on to my computer as an easy way of saving them avoiding degradation of the image.

Having chosen about a dozen photographs of Yorkshire that didn’t have family members having a good time; objects that moved like trains, boats and planes I sat down with the photo display organiser at the library, Margaret Manning, to choose four that she liked. Having had the seal of approval I visited my friend Alex to make A4 prints, mounted them on black card awaiting Margaret to blue tack them to the Library Wall. At last, my feeble attempts at landscape imagery were now on public display and not on the back of my bathroom door.

The pictures will be exhibited for about a month and will be replaced with other pictures probably having more local interest. Should anybody wish to buy the pictures I am sure that Margaret would be delighted to take the money as the funds would help secure the small but essential community library.

I think that somebody has already over used the phrase ‘Every Little Helps.’ In this case it really does.

The picture above is one of the photographs. If anybody knows the name of this place please let me know. I regard it as Lover’s Leap but I can assure you that the water is cold and would damped even hardiest ardour.

The library is on the A59 between Harrogate and Knaresborough. The opening hours are 2 until 5 Monday to Friday except Thursday and Saturday mornings 10 until 12.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Pictures As An Exhibition, 11th March 2018, 10:45 AM