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Why life's in a lens

Life 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.

Life 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.

It 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.

The 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.

Visitors to Life in a Lens make all the effort worthwhile.

    Life in a Lens – David and Mum    

"But this day must end that work the ides of March began, and whether we shall meet again I know not. Therefore our everlasting farewell take: For ever and for ever farewell, Cassius! If we do meet again, why, we will smile; if not, then this parting was well made."

  Life in a Lens – David aged three    

My brother, David aged about three.

  Life in a Lens – designer  
If you click on this picture of me you can read an interview about the museum, why I did it and what I think about it now...
    The 'Life in a Lens' Museum of Photography & Old Times – above the 'The Victorian Teashop'
114-118, North Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NS Tel: 01629 583325
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