A PICTURE-perfect South Tynesider is setting the scene for success – with black and white delight.
Seasoned photographer Karen Atkinson has given a fresh new look to a host of regional landmarks for her latest exhibition, titled a Curvilinear Perspective.
Miss Atkinson’s flash of inspiration is on show at System Gallery in Newcastle, above Bar Loco on Leazes Park Road, until this Friday.
The eye-catching series of abstract and monochrome pictures have proved a big hit – and Miss Atkinson is already preparing to showcase more imaginative images at a new exhibition at Bede’s World in Jarrow next month.
The impressive portfolio – boasting images of The Sage Gateshead, Roker Pier, the Whitburn Coast and the Sycamore Gap – helped her to win a spot in the Landscape Photographer of the Year (LPOTY) competition in both 2011 and 2012 and was featured in the LPOTY National Theatre Exhibition.
The series also earned three Honourable Mentions at the International Photography Awards.
Miss Atkinson has been shortlisted again this year for her atmospheric shot of Roker Pier.
She also switched from hopeful entrant to judge after being invited by BBC Look North weatherman Paul Mooney to cast an expert eye over the best September offering for their viewers’ pictures competition.
Miss Atkinson is delighted to get the chance to share her photographic passion with a wider audience.
She said: “Photography has been a long-standing hobby. I have been doing it for more than twenty years.
“Over the years I have worked with a film camera and a digital camera and now use both.
“I love going to the coast in Whitburn to take pictures – that is a great place to go and take long exposure pictures.
“My work has been focusing on the lines and the curves of the seascape and the landscape.”
Miss Atkinson’s black and white pictures capture the north east at its moody and atmospheric best.
Another favourite haunt for Miss Atkinson, is the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which will be the focus of her first solo exhibition at Bede’s World Museum on November 7 called Illuminate the Landscape.
The exhibition will feature captivating images of the wildlife to be found on the island as well as black and white shots of the landscape itself.
Miss Atkinson will give visitors a virtual experience of life on the island through an audio installation and video containing both still and moving images taken at the island.
The audio installation will include a song, written especially for the exhibition, recorded and performed by Miss Atkinson.