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Exhibition - Mystique: through the lens

Two members of Ashford Photographic Society, Philip Hinton and Doug Harman, are holding a joint exhibition "Mystique: through the lens" at the Creative Collection (16 Park Mall, Ashford, Kent TN24 8RY).

The exhibition is from the 11th April to the 24th April, and is a unique opportunity to see the contrasting work of two very talented photographers.

Philip Hinton ARPS:
As a photographer and artist, Philip strives for an original approach that combines photography and traditional art to create digital images that are unique.  Based in the Kent countryside, he finds inspiration in the landscape and the people around him; other influences come from the visual arts and music. his great passions are portrait photography and the creative blending and compositing of images.
"My work translates what I see to create a mood or atmosphere in visual form. I combine multiple images within Photoshop to create works that arise from the synthesis of the influences within my imagination.
 Betsy from the Creative Collective saw some of my images and suggested I put together some of my work for this exhibition.  Knowing Doug's work she thought that we would contrast and compliment each other rather well, and as we are both club members it would be a good way to increase the clubs profile in the town."

Doug Harman:
Doug is an expert and talented photographer with vast experience in all forms of photography, but particularly specialising in portraits, weddings and architectural photography.

His passion for photography means that no matter what the task, be it a wedding, a portrait commission or even photographic tuition, he always strives to deliver unparalleled know-how and stunning photographs with real impact that capture those magic moment creating beautiful lasting memories, forever.

Doug is the author of the UK’s No1, bestselling The Digital Photography Handbook and Snap It!, a pocket guide to better camera phone photography. He was the technical advisor to John Freeman on the Digital SLR Handbook, and has written extensively for many digital photography websites and magazines.

In addition, Doug is one of the founding directors of media and marketing company US3 Media Ltd and is one of the founding editors of the technology, news, reviews and buyer’s guide web site


The Creative Collective:
The Creative Collective is an Art Gallery in Park Mall, Ashford.  The Gallery offers local artists a space to exhibit work, with some wonderful works of art on show, as well as photographs by the Ashford Photographic Society.

Being a collective of artists of all disciplines and photographers in Ashford, Kent we have come together to build a community to enhance the creative experiences of local residents and organisations.  We work with schools, colleges, businesses and community groups to deliver events and unforgettable cultural experiences.

The Creative Collective offers themed exhibitions, talks and presentations, workshops, courses, advice and information, volunteering and networking opportunities, and events around town as well as an exhibition space which can be hired daily, weekly or for longer term.  It is also a place for artists and creatives to exchange ideas and work together on collaborative projects and events, and a place where artists can come and produce work.