Rhubarb and Custard Photographic Gallery

Nestled amongst the historic high street in Eaton,lies a gallery, whose name evokes memories of childhood viewing and sweet. Rhubarb and Custard is a photographic gallery, run by Hallid Izzet.

The recent exhibition is the work of the students of the gallery. This is the galleries first student exhibition. Amongst the work on show, there are three photographers that stand out. Ann-Marie Shardlow has produced a beautiful image. The shot of the centre of a flower has shown her ability to use a macro lens and create amazing depth of field. The colour also is bright and vibrant.

Angela Jacksons image, is an unusual view of a seagull. The image is a perfect use of the rule of thirds. She has captured an image that we see every day, and has made the viewer feel as though they flying with the bird.

The photographer, whose work is a highlight, and well worth viewing, is Camelia Burn. The exhibition has two of her photographs, and both are photographs that have atmosphere and pull the viewer into the scene. The photograph that the viewer first comes across is black and white, and that of an old-fashioned hand water pump. The scene captured is one of an early morning; the dew has been caught beautifully clinging onto a spider’s web. In the background the mist creeps slowly into the day, and the more you look you actually feel that you are there. Her second photograph, again in black and white, is another misty morning. In this photograph she has used the rule of thirds to produce an interesting photograph. As you view the image your eye is drawn to the right of the photograph, trees begin to appear from the mist, and then your eye moves across the photograph, you suddenly become aware of figures jogging out of the mist. Her photographs are magical and are perhaps the highlight of the exhibition. She is certainly a photographer that you want to see more of.

It is refreshing to see a gallery promoting photographers, and also encouraging that photography is beginning to be taken seriously as art form.