David Whyte tells us his top picks from the exhibition

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D_Whyte_1David Whyte is the Chair of Friends of Ruskin Park, a charity whose mission statement is ‘to┬ápreserve our park for future generations’.

In my working life I was a commercial photographer and a constant explorer of the medium of photography. I started the Friends of Ruskin Park Photography Competition three years ago, submissions to this years competition close on June 10th with all the entries exhibited in Camberwell Library during the Camberwell Arts Festival.

I love the idea of ‘hang the lot’, we have done it every year.

My choices from the Camberwell Open are works that require some effort from the viewer to try and see what the artist saw, and is representing in their work.


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Chestnut Walk, Ruskin Park by Mark McLaughlin.

You could walk past these trees for years and not see them as Mark has. Its a lovely quiet painting.



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Objects of blue velvet by Amanda Bracken

Again great observation of items that could be considered banal but the painting is intriguing.





Big Ears by Lesley O Mara.

I find this a really strong image but of what ? A tribal dancer from Papua New Guinea or a slightly bad dream. Less is definitely more in terms of execution.


Amazingness 3: High Walkway, Heygate Estate by Anna Hillman.

This image is a great mind game



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Cow Parsley by Liz Charsley-Jory.

I liked all Liz’s work as I am a gardener, like botanical/horticultural illustrations, and this photo-gram look appeals to the photographer in me.




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Ruskin Park is hosting its annual fete on Saturday 18th June from 1-5pm. It promises to be lots of fun and includes Donkey Rides, Story Telling, Rescued reptiles, the Cambria Choir and live music.