Bernie’s love affair with Strangford Lough on camera

Bernie’s love affair with Strangford Lough on camera

15 February 2012 - by JOANNE FLEMING

AN updated exhibition of art work inspired by Strangford Lough has opened at Belfast Waterfront Hall.

Local photographer Bernie Brown has combined landscape and portrait work to capture this stunning landscape and the people who live and work by the lough.

Originally opened in April 2010, the exhibition is still touring across Northern Ireland and can be viewed at the Waterfront Hall until February 25.

Bernie, who has always loved nature and landscapes from an early age, went to college to study photography as a hobby in 1989.

Having attained her GCSE, she then achieved an A-level in photography and was hooked.

A former staff photographer with the News Letter Bernie’s career to date has seen her photograph top names from the world of popular music and sport and former American President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

And as someone who is as passionate about the environment as she is about photography, Bernie has combined both passions in an attempt to achieve her aims: “My desire is to capture those special moments and to share them by bringing nature and its beauty into people’s lives.

“It is acknowledged that the beauties of nature have a therapeutic effect on all of us and it would be my wish that these pictures from my current exhibition, ‘The Life of the Lough’, will have a soothing and comforting influence on all who view them.”