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Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by

An exhibition of photographs by Penzance-based Luke Brown will be shown at The Old Coastguard this winter. Entitled Ready Salted, this is Luke’s first private show and will open to the public on Friday 28 November.


Luke started taking photographs at the age of nine with an Olympus Trip, which his mother gave him. He remembers everyone on his street having the same camera, the result of a box of Olympus Trips falling off a lorry…. Prior to that he had been mentally taking photographs by blinking for as long as he can remember so this was a welcome gift.


Aged fourteen, Luke moved to Cornwall from Essex. His father ran a framing shop in St Ives where he was surrounded by artistic personalities. “There were a lot of big characters in a small town which made them all very passionate. I remember seeing someone throw a glass of red wine at a perfectly white wall. It seemed the most beautiful and spoilt middle-class thing in my fourteen year old mind.”


Luke specialised in photography during his foundation year at Falmouth School of Art, where his latent talent was noted. He found that photography was something that came easily to him; it was a language that he naturally understood. Brown takes inspiration from street photography, old black and white images – in particular Latigue and Bresson whose photographs he sees as being “happy and beautifully composed, capturing a precise moment that seems to defy the ability of their cameras”.


Now living in Penzance, Luke has been a youth and community worker around Cornwall for the past fourteen years. He uses photography, film, painting and editing as tools to help people express themselves and their surroundings.


The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 28 November 2014 until Saturday 28 February 2015. Prices will range from £160-£550 (framed) and from £80 unframed.


The Old Coastguard is open from 9.30am every day, serving lunch from 12.30 to 2.30pm and supper from 6.30 to 9pm. For further information phone 01736 731 222 or email.


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