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Picturesque Pensthorpe

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The ever-changing kaleidoscope of light, patterns and colours waiting to be discovered at Pensthorpe Natural Park creates a rich vein of material for budding photographers.

Wells photographer Julia Rafferty’s Portfolio Development Course, based at the 700-acre nature haven near Fakenham, has grown rapidly from a one-day standalone experience, to a six-week course in each academic term of the year, run in the morning for starter students and in the afternoon for the more experienced.

“People are clamouring for places,” said Julia. “Pensthorpe is a photographer’s delight. It has so many inspiring environments to work with all year round; it is amazing. There is a rich diversity throughout the seasons – in the wildlife, the vibrant colours of the wonderful gardens, in reflections and in the abstract patterns of light playing through the trees onto the surface of the river and lakes.

“We’re always finding lots of new things to photograph – and it’s a thrilling way for photographers to develop their skills, whether beginners or more experienced,” she enthused.

An exhibition of the course members’ most recent work has opened in the Pensthorpe Exhibition Room (free entry) during the Park’s opening hours. It will be on show until Spring 2018.

For further course information contact Julia Rafferty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exhibiting Photographers

James Brown, Swannington. Fireworks & Pink Haze

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Susi Hancock, Swaffham. Seeds & The Desert

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 Michael l’Anson, Deopham. Tulu, Prepare for Landing & Waiting for Winter

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Maggie Mole, Cringleford. Lizard Skin, Quiet Reflections & Japanese Anemone in the Pink

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Bruce Page, Sheringham. Reeds, Floral & I See You

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Rhonda Pike, Norwich.  Enchanted Wood & Millennium Garden in Winter

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