Gorillas in our midst in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 09:03 03 September 2011
Copyright: Derek Dewey-Leader
GORILLAS will be on the prowl in WGC town centre this weekend – but there’s no need to be alarmed.
For the apes are in picture form only, and are part of a WGC Photographic Club exhibition taking place in the Howard Centre.
The gorilla photos were taken by club member Derek Dewey-Leader, who found you do not have to go to far-off locations such as the Congo to photograph them in natural-looking surroundings – he went to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Folkestone!
He said: “It was a Darwinian moment when we actually saw a huge silverback gorilla walking upright.
“I haven’t seen that before.”
A stunning shot of quiver trees in southern Namibia is also in the exhibition, and was taken by club member Rachel Dunsdon.
She said: “We went in the rainy season which gave us quite a challenge travelling around, but also led to some spectacular photo opportunities.
“My shot was taken in the golden hour before sunset, and I loved the colours of the vegetation and trees at that time of day.”
The club’s annual start-of-season display will be on show on both Saturday and Sunday, during the shopping centre’s opening hours.
Club chairman Colin Mahoney added: “The Howard Centre exhibition is always a good showcase for the club because we can display the range of our members’ work.
“It attracts a lot of public interest at the start of our new season.”
* The club’s regular Tuesday night meetings start up again this week, at the Terrace Suite, Campus West.
Open to anyone who has an interest in photography, the membership includes a mix of beginners through to more advanced photographers.
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