They’ve been framed

Photos that first appeared in Big Issue North are now the subject of a new exhibition

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A series of photos that have featured in Big Issue North have made the move south to Norfolk.

The images, by Open College of the Arts (OCA) photography student John Walker, are the focus of an exhibition at Lowestoft’s Coconut Loft Art Gallery.

Each week for the past three years Big Issue North has featured a photo by an OCA student.

Walker, who is originally from Yorkshire, began studying for an OCA degree in 2013 after he retired. A number of his photos have been selected by the magazine.

Some depict the landscapes and traditions of East Anglia: an abstract composition created from an image of the door of a fisherman’s hut on the coastal path at Orford in Suffolk, the rotting skeleton of a boat on the edge of the River Alde. Others experiment with technique – a collage created from horse chestnuts gathered after a storm and photographed on a flat-bed scanner.

OCA principal Gareth Dent said: “Our degrees help people to develop their own practice and bring their work to a wider audience. John has a distinctive creative voice and we are really pleased to see him build on OCA’s partnership with Big Issue North by exhibiting his work publicly.”

Issues in the Frame is at the Coconut Loft Art Gallery, Lowestoft, until 27 February. Any money raised from the sale of prints and visitor donations will be used to support homelessness charities, including The Big Issue in the North Trust

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