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Photographer of the Month - Tim Kavanagh
You may have noticed that we run a monthly Facebook photography competition. As specialist picture-framers, we’re really interested in photography and we love receiving new entries every month.
We thought it would be nice to run a ‘Photographer of the Month’ feature. Each month, we’ll shine a spotlight on one amateur or professional photographer and the work they do.
Tim Kavanagh is our very first ‘Photographer of the Month’.
January’s Photographer of the Month
Tim won our ‘Fun in the Sun’ Facebook photography competition in June 2013 with his photo of snorkelling taken in Greece.
He won £200 of picture frames of his choice from Picture Frames Express. We thought we’d catch up with Tim to see if he’s kept up his interest in photography since the summer.
Why Tim got into photography
Tim became interested in photography a couple of years ago when the medical condition Narcolepsy left him unable to work. Determined to do something positive with his time, he picked up a camera. Living in Lampeter, Wales and unable to drive due to his condition, he found he was limited as to what he could do and where he could go. There was no photography club in his home town, so he and some friends loosely formed a group around their interest in photography where they lived.
The Lampeter Photography Group is still going strong and they enjoy taking pictures and putting on exhibitions. They challenge themselves with topics too, allowing them to specialise on a subject or theme. Tim says the group’s pretty informal and anyone is free to join.
The photo at the top of the page is of one of Tim’s recent exhibitions and we’re pleased to say that most of his pictures are in our frames.
Tim’s photo: ‘Waterfall’.
What he enjoys about Photography
Tim says “Each picture is a new experience and you can learn a little whenever you pick up a camera”. He’s surrounded by nature in his rural hometown, so he enjoys taking photos of nature, landscapes and trees. However, when his group of photography friends choose topics, he says; “it can push you into doing things you might not otherwise have tried”.
Tim uses a Pentax digital SLR, although his winning photo in June was taken with a waterproof, compact camera, which was also a Pentax.
Plans for the future
As well as more exhibitions, Tim is starting to build up a significant portfolio, and is hoping to bring together some of his photos and experiences into an online gallery and blog website, if time ever allows.
As well as photography, Tim spends his time as a volunteer trustee and director for Narcolepsy UK. You can find out more about this charity (and the neurological condition narcolepsy) here: http://www.narcolepsy.org.uk/.
Tim’s photo: ‘Pentre Ifan’
Would you like to be our photographer of the month? One way is to enter our photography competition on Facebook here. Alternatively, leave us a message with a link to your website on our Facebook Page, Tweet us, or Google + us.