AN exhibition, called Out of the Blue, by people’s choice Ludlow Seven 2017 competition winner Kate Maxwell, is being held at the Photospace Gallery, Ludlow, in September.

Kate’s solo exhibition features an array of impressive images of the coast which is complemented by photographs of horses. It runs until September 29.

“The sea, or perhaps more precisely the coast, where land and water are in constant argument, has always had a strong pull on me,” she said.

“At the time of winning the popular vote at Ludlow Seven I was working on a set of images of the coast, focusing on the various structures left on the margins which mark our attempts, as a species, to harness, exploit and control the earth’s resources. I have continued with this theme.”

in the intervening months, only now I have also attempted to capture the movement of time by experimenting with long exposures, smoothing the waves, softening the flow of water, recording the passing of time, imposing stillness and order on the chaos of the moment. Then perhaps incongruously, there are portraits of horses. Horses are, however, part of my internal landscape, as I have been surrounded by them most of my life.

“Now that I no longer own a horse, I have plenty of time to take photographs of them, and admire them from afar, while having none of the expense and anguish of keeping them myself. This I can feed my passion for both this noblest of creatures, and for drawing with light.”

The Photospace in Ludlow was founded by Peter Jones and his wife Lucy in November 2016.

Ludlow has a number of fascinating art galleries, but this is the first to be devoted to photography.

The aim is to promote the art of photography by exhibiting the work of established British, International and local photographers, and by running workshops, events and artist interviews to encourage emerging talent.