Our James, Balcary & Albatros

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I’ve always enjoyed visiting Maryport and photographing the numerous vessels there. I’m planning to make platinum prints of these images which I think are well suited to the process.

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This year I intend to spend more time locally, visiting Maryport, Allonby and Whitehaven along with the Lakes, Eden Valley and Hadrian’s Wall.

The artists Sheila Fell RA (1931-1979) and Percy Kelly (1918-1993) have been an inspiration regarding this. Local artists, they predominantly painted scenes from Cumbria. Both of them visited Maryport on many occasions along with Sheila Fell’s good friend LS Lowry.

They are still very much in peoples’ thoughts in this part of the world. A neighbour’s friend can recall travelling on the bus with Sheila Fell to Carlisle School of Art in the late 1940s. Another neighbour remembers seeing Sheila Fell working out in the landscape during the 1960s … a wonderful insight into the life of a remarkable artist.

More information can be found here:

Sheila Fell Exhibition / Sheila Fell Interview / Percy Kelly

© Simon Howlett 2017. All rights reserved

13 thoughts on “Our James, Balcary & Albatros

    • I was out the other day photographing farms that Sheila Fell painted. One of the farms overlooks the Solway Firth and Criffel in Scotland – it’s a wonderful viewpoint. Will be printing more platinum prints this week so hope to post them online soon. Thanks Barbara 🙂

    • Thank you Otto, it’s a great location to photograph. I’m heading out that way today and also visiting Workington on the coast. I’m hoping to get access to the interior of one of the lighthouses there.

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