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George and Dani Clarke
George had an interest in photography since childhood following in his Grandfather’s footsteps. His Grandfather was a very keen amateur photographer, using his favourite Leica in the mid 1900s when it was uncommon for many to own a camera. He passed on all his knowledge to George and gave him his first camera.
In early 2000 George studied an OCA course on digital photography, and attended workshops specialising in landscapes. He provided the prints for a chain of well known hotels, guest houses and websites, taking photographs mostly of local views at dawn and sunrise. Dani also was very keen on photography from an early age and began photographing Show Dogs and pet dogs as a serious hobby in the 1980s. She took a photography course at Hastings College for one year with a special interest in composition. Her greatest achievement was being a runner-up in the 2006, out of 10,000 entries, in the BBC ‘Countryfile’ photo competition for the Children in Need calendar. Since then she has been short-listed in the ‘Portrait’ category for the national competition POTY, and has had her photographs published in several books.
George and Dani were members of a local camera club for a few years, winning many awards, including George’s achievement as ‘Best All Rounder’, and winning cups for print and also slide competitions. He had prints chosen for entry into regional competitions, and won Best View photograph in a Sussex competition. Dani won several certificates for her images at the camera club including Best Landscape of the year. They decided to go into professional photography following requests for their prints during a photography exhibition, and opened a successful photographic unit in a local craft centre selling all things photographic.
Together they provide the photography and photographic merchandise for a prominent wildlife charity, including the yearly calendar, a rare breed pig society and a local children’s farm park amongst many other commissions.