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News: 24 June 2019

Volunteer Profile - Ernie and Jean King
Ernie and Jean King are two of over 1,500 volunteer photographers currently participating in the Images of England project. They are also one of the couples who share their love of photography by participating in the project together. They have, between them, taken almost 2,000 photographs for the project. Here, they share some of their experiences and thoughts about Images of England.
16th Century road bridge over River Teign, Teignbridge, Devon - IoE number: 085555 © Mr. Ernie W. King
15th Century bridge over the river Dart Widecombe in the Moor, Devon - IoE number: 441166 © Mrs Jean M. King We have been involved in photography for over 50 years. At first it was mainly family and holiday photography including processing black and white and colour prints ourselves. It has only been in the last twelve years that we have become involved in local club photography. We are both heavily involved with the Dawlish and Teignmouth Camera Club. Both of us have been Chairman and Ernie is currently club Secretary while Jean is Press/Publicity Officer, Liaison Officer and most importantly, Catering Officer. From the comments of the club members it appears that the catering is equally as important as the photography!
We first heard about the Images of England project through recruitment mail shots done by the project to camera clubs. We attended a briefing session and had our first trip out photographing in June 2001. Since then we have had many enjoyable trips to photograph the listed buildings of Devon. We have battled with the weather, foot and mouth and country lanes not really designed for cars. After every trip out Jean has recorded the day's events so we now have quite a considerable diary of our Images of England photographic excursions to look back on.
Foxworthy Bridge, Teignbridge, Devon - IoE number: 084955 © Mr. Ernie W. King
Medieval cross, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon - IoE number: 440603 © Mrs Jean M. King Taking photographs for the Images of England project has allowed us to get to know the county where we live better and to know what heritage surrounds us. As most of the areas we have photographed are rural we have been able to combine our love of the built heritage around us with an admiration for the wildlife that fills our countryside.

To view more of Ernie's photographs click here and to view Jean's click here.

If you are a volunteer photographer and would like to share some of your experiences while working on the Images of England project please send them to Alexandra Saxon:
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