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Talented photographer to showcase work on Norfolk and Suffolk’s coastal erosion

PUBLISHED: 17:59 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 31 January 2018

John Walker's exhibiton dedicated to coastal erosion will take place at the Coconut Loft in Lowestoft. Picture: John Walker

John Walker's exhibiton dedicated to coastal erosion will take place at the Coconut Loft in Lowestoft. Picture: John Walker

(c)John Walker

A photographer is set to unveil his latest collection of work, which focuses on the impact of erosion on the East Anglian coastline.

Mr Walker has always enjoyed photography, but his interest grew after he retired. Picture: John WalkerMr Walker has always enjoyed photography, but his interest grew after he retired. Picture: John Walker

John Walker, who lives in Kirby Cane, will present his ‘Coastal Erosion’ exhibition between March 10 and 24.

The 69-year-old decided on the theme after being inspired by a passage within William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 64’ and, having captured various images of erosion along the East Anglian coast, has attempted to use his photography to refer back to the sonnet.

All of the 20 photos, to be shown at the Coconut Loft in Lowestoft, were taken during 2017 and are also designed to be reminiscent of bright seaside postcards.

Mr Walker has always enjoyed photography, but his interest grew tenfold after his retirement and he is currently studying for a degree in the subject with the Open College of the Arts.

He has captured various images of coastal erosion along  the East Anglian coast. Picture: John WalkerHe has captured various images of coastal erosion along the East Anglian coast. Picture: John Walker

“My main photographic interests revolve around urban decay and street photography,” said Mr Walker. “However, as part of the final stage of my degree I wanted to do something a bit different.

“The exhibition will show members of the public a broad spectrum of photographs, but specifically they all have elements of coastal erosion in the east of England from Happisburgh down to Southwold.

Since beginning to take a keener interest in photography, Mr Walker has gone on to become a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), an honour which recognises a high standard of achievement within the field.

In addition, his interest in urban decay is reflected by his work for homeless charity Emmaus, for whom he is resident photographer in Norfolk and Waveney.

All of images being exhibited were captured in 2017. Picture: John WalkerAll of images being exhibited were captured in 2017. Picture: John Walker

Despite progressively making a name for himself in the world of photography, Mr Walker admits that he still gets apprehensive about hosting his own exhibitions.

“I must say I get extremely nervous thinking no one will turn up,” added Mr Walker.

“Despite that, I am looking forward to the exhibition because I do take great pleasure in talking about my work and I’ll be popping in to the Coconut Loft throughout the fortnight to speak to visitors.”

There will be a reception and an opportunity to speak to John Walker between 5.30pm and 8pm on Friday, March 9.

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