A Riversway man who has rediscovered his love of photography is fundraising for charity by selling his snaps.Advertisement
The photographer – known as DocksideGlyn – is displaying his photos at Take 5 Cafe in Chain Caul Road, and selling prints via the stock photography agency Alamy.
The Poppy Appeal will be the first fundraising recipient, but DocksideGlyn has plans to help other charities too.
He said: “As a teenager I used Kodak colour slides and a handheld viewing box, but eventually photography changed and it didn’t seem as interesting anymore.
“Everyone could take good photos using their phones. It became instant success or failure with a delete button in your hand, instead of waiting to find out if your 24 exposures were any good.
“When my wife passed away in 2015, I spent many hours walking around the Dock and along the river, and they are still my favourite walks.
“I was lucky to meet someone new, and she bought me a camera as a Christmas gift. I couldn’t believe how good it was in such a small camera body.”
After family encouragement, DocksideGlyn decided to get some of his photos printed and framed.
“As a result I stumbled across Alamy, which only accepts high-quality photos. It takes a few days for photos to pass though their quality control.
“When they sell images they take half and forward half to me, but it’s a greater pleasure for me knowing someone likes my photos enough to buy them – and even more pleasure passing the proceeds to a charity.”
DocksideGlyn originally considered fundraising for a cancer charity.
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“Initially I thought about Cancer Research because that’s what my wife died from, but then the Poppy Appeal kept cropping up. I heard that they were looking for ideas to make up some of the shortfall expected this year.
“Also, my father-in-law passed away a few months ago and he used to sit in his local Morrison’s, with medals on his chest, selling poppies at this time of year.
“They say things happen for a reason, which I don’t usually believe in. But who am I to say.”
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To find out more, visit the DocksideGlyn Facebook page or pop into Take 5 Cafe.
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