Emma Chaplin’s eye for nature and architecture

Emma Chaplin is an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, who started working at the Sussex Eye Hospital in February 2016, employed by Action for Blind People (part of the RNIB group).

“My job is to offer support, advice and information to patients with visual impairments. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of my local environment, and living in Brighton & Hove, enjoy both the natural beauty of the sea and downs views and the stunning range of architecture – from the beauty of Regency residencies to the determined industry of the Port.

 Working with people with sight loss has made me realise how sighted people take the visual world fore granted and made me think about how to make visual media more accessible – for example by providing vivid descriptions to accompany photographs.”

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Landscape photography by Dr Yuri Gupta

Yuri became serious about photography in 2005 after buying a Digital SLR camera and has never looked back. His passion for the creative arts extends beyond the lens, and he has worked as a writer, pianist and songwriter, pursuing these interests alongside a successful career in medicine. Dr Gupta qualified in 2002, and now works as a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, integrating his interest in imaging with his chosen profession.

This exhibition documents highlights of his global travels, from urban America to volcanic Sumatra via ancient Rome and the plains of the Masai Mara. He continues to explore the science and art of digital photography, adding to a growing portfolio of work both at home and abroad.

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Transforming a Canvas

Kumar Pallavur is a cardiologist working at both the County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath. He explains, “I love nature and art. Art is my hobby. I use both oil and acrylic for the landscapes and abstracts I do. I find it very relaxing and satisfying to see how colours can transform a white canvas. Thank you for providing me with an opportunity to share them.”

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Erin Burns’ photographic paintings

Erin’s work mixes photography and painting. She explains: “I began this latest series by photographing the environs of my new surroundings, including images of spring buds and alien foliage in an unfamiliar landscape. I make intuitive responses to the images with paint, marker, bleach, heat, and resin. The moment of making is inspired by what is on my mind – letting go, rebirth, love and loss, and isolation – all subjects that have arisen from moving across the pond.”

Erin is interested in catching quiet moments of natural beauty which she then subjugates with mark-making. Creating moments in time that reflect a melancholic attachment to the organic world, she investigates the formal qualities of painting utilising a process of layering various mediums. A process that is both additive and subtractive develops into an exploration of the relationships created through the juxtaposition of shapes. The titles for this series predominately come from the music she listens to while working, and literary influences.

More of Erin’s work can be seen on her website www.erinburns.com

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Paul Dobie’s Norwegian Landscapes

Paul worked for the trust at PRH in Estates as a maintenance electrician and has just received his 25 years’ service award. His interest in photography started whilst travelling around the world during his army service, way back in 1969, with a small instant 35mm film camera. Slowly over the years he got bigger and better cameras allowing him to develop his skills in astrophotography. So the sky is literally the limit.

These photos are from a recent cruise in Norway, and feature the Northern Lights.

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Rex Pemberton – Creating art using code

We have our first artwork using computer code by Rex Pemberton, who works as a porter at the Royal Alexander Childrens Hospital.

Rex explains, “Computer code, itself a creation of mathematics, has the ability to create images. Our culture believes mathematics to be the natural language of nature. By using complex numbers and a bit of trigonometry it is easy to create abstract, yet believable, images. Such images have the attribute of being mathematically true. They also have the potential to be real. They are, indeed, artefacts created using the language of nature.”rex-pemberton-alien-driftwoodAlien Driftwood

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New artworks in Orthoptics

The refurbishment of orthoptics included re-modelled waiting areas for children and adults separately. The staff were keen to bring something lively and playful into the children’s area and artworks which brought a luminosity into the windowless adults waiting area.

Angela Evans created two panels of ceramic tiles which work a bit like fish tanks. The detailing in the tiles includes hidden numbers and letters so as well as tactile exploration, the panels encourage playful interaction between children and parents while they are waiting.

Steve Geliot created two backlit photographic lightboxes for the adult waiting area featuring familiar local scenes around and after sunset: the West Pier at very low tide, and a flock of starlings in murmuration just as the sun slides behind a very calm sea. The illuminated photographs perform the function of windows bringing interest light and colour into the space, as well as creating a very calm mood.

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