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Friday, 19 October 2012

Ancient Wiltshire Exhibition -- Pete's pics


I'm happy to put up some info about this exhibition, featuring some of Pete's photos -- running until the end of the year in Devizes.

EXHIBITION: Ancient Wiltshire: Photographs by Pete Glastonbury

Opens, 28 October, 2012
Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes

Stunning photographs capturing the mystery of Wiltshire's ancient monuments and landscapes. Opens 28 October 2012.

The exhibition features Pete's knowledge of the monuments of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, combined with his deep interest in astronomy and space science.
The exhibition also commemorates the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first true archaeological publication.
About the artist:
Pete Glastonbury grew up in Somerset, and initially studied at Technical College before working for Mercedes Benz. After a short spell studying Art and Design, Pete began, working with disadvantaged teenagers in Kent before moving to Brighton, where he met his wife, Alison.
Pete has been a photographer for 25 years, starting out in his mid-twenties, setting up a studio in Brixham, where customers could pose in a variety of costumes for portraits taken on an old-fashioned wooden 10” x 8” plate camera. Today he uses a variety of Pentax digital cameras and lenses. Digital photography has been a godsend as it means thousands of photographs can be taken - though Pete does miss using a darkroom.
The photographs Pete enjoys taking the most are landscapes. With these he excels in technique and style, capturing the natural beauty of the surroundings like no other. Sometimes many hours, or even days, are taken to pick the right moment for each individual photograph. Coming a close second to landscape photography is astronomical photography. He has also taken pictures of his family throughout their lives - meaning he has a very comprehensive family album.
Pete’s love of archaeology is almost on a par with his love of photography. He has devoted many years to following archaeologists on their digs around Avebury, Stonehenge and other similar areas, documenting the events and discoveries pictorially. Because of the tremendous amount of time and energy studying and researching these sites Pete can, in general, tell you just about anything you want to know when it comes to Stonehenge, Avebury or similar sites.
Pete’s work has been widely published in a variety of media. Newspapers and magazines include the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine, PAST (the newsletter of the prehistoric society), 3rd Stone, Time and Mind, Fortean Times, British Archaeology, Current Archaeology, Kindred Spirit and many in-house magazines. In 2003 he was voted Megalithic Digital Photographer of the year in Digital Photography magazine and in 2010 he achieved a childhood dream by having a photo published in the Beano! Many books benefit from his work, including The Avebury Residents’ Pack, The Story of Silbury Hill (Jim Leary and Dave Field), Stonehenge – Earth and Sky (Gerald S. Hawkins & Hubert Allen), A Picture of Britain (David Dimbleby), Researching Paganisms (Blain, Ezzy, Harvey) and Stonehenge – Celebration and Subversion (Andy Worthington). On television his work is regularly used by BBC Points West news and weather, and occasionally HTV news, CBS and Al Jazeera news.
After taking part in the Moore Marathon with his daughter Sammy (who was 12 years old at the time) seven photographs were chosen for broadcast on the prestigious Sky at Night BBC programme. As an amateur astronomer Pete’s work appears on some of the finest astronomical websites including: The World at Night, Spaceweather and NASA. His internal panoramic photograph of Stonehenge was used in the software package Starry Night Pro which allows users to view the stars from inside the stones at any time in history. His photographs have also been used by websites and blogs such as Clonehenge, and by such notables as Lord Avebury (Eric Lubbock) and astronomer/musician, Brian May. Being English, Pete also keeps a keen eye on the weather and has photographs of odd weather phenomenon on websites such as: The Cloud Appreciation Society and Atmospheric Optics.
Having lived all over the West Country Pete now lives in Devizes. He has three children, two of whom are adults with children of their own, giving him three grandchildren. His wife tells him he is very happily married!

Cost:   Usual admission charges apply

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