OWL : Photography by Paul Groom – Tobacco Factory Exhibition ON NOW
Between 28th August – 13th October 2015
Hooray! My OWL SHOW celebrating the company’s TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY is finally up and ready for you to see! It’s at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol (details below). The pictures are HUGE (some A0. most A1). Below you’ll find the more details for the event. I hope you can make it!
If you do manage to come, please send a tweet to me or Facebook mention with me tagged in – I’d love to see photos of you at the show, too!
PRINTS from the exhibition are available from The Tobacco Factory, Bristol. After the show please visit www.owl.show (currently redirected to this page) to purchase prints.
OWL : PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL GROOM
Exhibition: 28th August – 13th October 2015
Venue: The Snug at The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
A magnificent exhibition of owl pictures by Bristol photographer Paul Groom is being shown at the Tobacco Factory to celebrate ten years of his professional photography. The studio photos were taken at the world conservation centre the International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP) in Paul’s home county of Gloucestershire.
These amazing pictures were created using brightly coloured lights on studio backdrops, during a year spent photographing many owl types including the Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl and Ashy-Faced Owl. As owls can rotate their heads up to 270 degrees, they were not the stillest of portrait subjects, but Paul’s perseverance produced a stunning set of super close-up large prints.
Paul’s inspiration stemmed from his grandmother, E. Catherine Clements, whose lifetime’s work was the care of sick and orphaned birds, including a tawny owl named Woolly. She was infamous locally for her dedication to birds and wrote several books on the subject including “Birds at my Door” published by Faber & Faber in 1963.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey is the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world. Recently the centre created a brand new bird hospital which was opened by comedian Bill Bailey. The centre accepts all injured birds of prey brought in by members of the public – up to 100 a year. Birds are looked after until they can be released back into the wild, usually by the people who first find them.
Prints will be for sale from the venue during the exhibition and afterwards at www.owl.show. 10% of profits from the exhibition will go to help the ICPB’s bird hospital and conservation work.
The exhibition is sponsored by Ovation Finance, Bristol., a Bristol-based financial advice company who are a long term client of Paul Groom Photography.
“I have been intrigued, amazed and amused by owls since I was a child visiting my grandparents’ house – Birds’ Haven. It was like a bird hospital, all sorts of birds were looked after by my Grandma – her affection for birds has made a lasting impression on me.” says Paul. “I love visiting the International Centre for Birds of Prey, which carries out great work with sick birds as well as worldwide conservation through breeding. The founder and handlers have given me amazing access for this project.”
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Owl : Photography by Paul Groom is at The Snug, on the ground floor of the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Rd, Bristol, BS3 1TF (0117 902 0060 www.tobaccofactory.com)
Paul Groom lives in Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire with his wife and two young children. He works as a photographer in Bristol, the South West and throughout the UK for an extensive portfolio of clients, including law firms, marketing agencies, banks, housing developers, universities, magazines and more – www.moodbooth.co.uk.
The exhibition is sponsored by Bristol business Ovation Finance – www.ovationfinance.co.uk
For more information on the International Birds of Prey Centre in Newent, Gloucestershire, see www.icbp.org