life's in a lens
in a Lens is dedicated to my brother, David, who died of cancer
in 1994 at the age of 48. It was he who showed me that photography
could have possibilities beyond the snapshot, although he was always
keen to record the happy times he spent with his family in that
simple, traditional way.
in a Lens first opened its doors to the public on Boxing day 2001.
All the preceding years since 1994 were spent in designing and producing
the museum and of course, renovating the building specifically for
the purpose. It was a long, hard struggle to finally get the museum
open, certainly in a world that progressively 'knows the price
of everything and the value of nothing' and my continuing daily
work to improve and establish the museum – often against all
odds, – mostly against the grain – and always against
financial good sense', would not be possible without real friends.
So I now offer my deepest heartfelt thanks to the closest members
of my family, especially to Pat and Winifred for their unswerving
support. I love them more than life itself.
is interesting for me to note here now that my brother's wife and
family have never troubled themselves to visit this homage to him.
Even though I hear his wife (who now lives nearby) has been outside
the door – I suppose you're thinking she couldn't bare to
come in. So am I.
museum is also dedicated to my Mother, Betty, because the idea was
originally conceived as a way of consoling her over the death of
her son. I had intended to surprise her with it, but unfortunately,
she herself died before seeing the museum, just a few months before
completion. My Mother was a keen snapshot photographer too and bought
her last camera at the age of 81. She also loved the seaside and
therefore the 'Seaside Room' is for her.
to Life in a Lens make all the effort worthwhile.