Saturday, 25 September 2021

American captures Henley through the lens

THIS photograph of a double scull on the Thames near Hambleden Lock on a misty September morning has won an award.

THIS photograph of a double scull on the Thames near Hambleden Lock on a misty September morning has won an award.

It was taken by Jim Donahue, from Whitchurch, and won the rural photography category in the inaugural British Life Photography Awards. It will be included in a tie-in book together with two other of his photos, one featuring performing artists singing on a canoe at the Henley Festival and the other a meeting of Pangbourne Historical Society.

Mr Donahue, an American who has lived in Britain since 1997, has spent the past year taking photos around Henley for his own forthcoming book.

He said: ?Growing up in America and moving to the UK as an adult, I feel that I have an even greater appreciation of the beauty of the area and strong community spirit that is unique to the UK. My passion for photography is driven by the challenge of conveying how beautiful the South Oxfordshire Chilterns are and the community life of its villages, with Henley being the ultimate challenge.?

He said he was pleased to win the award, particularly because his entry included two photos he took for his book.

?I have just submitted the first draft to the publishers,? he said. ?I know that I?ve given myself a big task trying to capture the spirit of Henley life.?

A Portrait of Henley-on-Thames: British Country Landscapes, Traditions, and Community Life will be published by Halsgrove Publishing in the summer.

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