Ernest Elliott Photography Exhibition Opens at Down County Museum
A new exhibition featuring the work of Portaferry photographer, Ernest Elliott has opened at Down County Museum.
A talented photographer, Ernest Elliot created a vast collection of images taken over a 50 year career. Self-taught in the 1930s, he began photographing everything that interested him, resulting in a large and varied collection, containing images of people, local events, industries and businesses, as well as stunning views of Strangford Lough. Working from his own darkroom which he converted from an outbuilding in his garden, the images evoke a world now only seen in history books and which live on in his photographs.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “This exhibition of photographs by Ernest Elliott beautifully captures the personalities of the people of the Strangford Lough area. The subjects include fishermen, sailors, farmers and landscape shots; there are many interior scenes but always it is the face which is the central focus. This is a fascinating glimpse of the past life of the Lough and its characters.”
This exhibition features his striking portraits of local people, which shows his skill in observing and capturing the essence of those he photographed in their expressions. His work gives us an insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the area and the connection they share with Strangford Lough.
The exhibition is now open at Down County Museum and will be on until the summer. Admission to the exhibition is free.