Marilyn has owned a camera as long as she can remember. When she emigrated to South Africa, she bought a Nikkormat so as to take photos of the wonderful light, wildlife and landscapes and, later, the children’s first photos. Over the years different priorities led to less photos being taken, but even as recently as 2000, she was still using a Nikon SLR.
But then along came digital and, whilst not having the resolutions of today, the potential of the digital process, together with products like Photoshop, was very attractive. Marilyn took a huge leap up in photographic skill when she joined Guildford Photographic Society in 2007 – the exposure to excellent photography from fellow members was an absolute inspiration.
She was encouraged to embark on the distinctions programme with the Royal Photographic Society, and was delighted to be awarded an Associateship in May 2010 for her panel on Sealed Knot re-enactments.
The Rhubarb and Custard exhibition has given Marilyn an opportunity to display her enthusiasm for orang-utans. A lifelong desire to see them in their native state was achieved in 2007 in Sarawak, and two years later in Sabah. These images have all been subtly manipulated in Photoshop, but hopefully in a way that emphasises their charm and appeal.
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of these prints will go to Orangutan Appeal UK.
A smaller section of the exhibition will include some re-enactment photos, and some light-hearted images with tiny HO gauge figures.
This month Marilyn won 'The Society of Professional Imagemakers - Event Photographer of the Year 2010'
She also got the Associate distinction with SISEP, which is similar to the ARPS.