Photography project tells stories of local people at Welney Wetland Centre

Louise Clewley, warden at WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

Louise Clewley, warden at WWT Welney Wetland Centre. - Credit: Archant

A photography exhibition at Welney Wetland Centre documented the story of the Ouse Washes Landscape through the people who live and work in the area.

Fred Ingrams, Fenland artist.

Fred Ingrams, Fenland artist. - Credit: Archant

The Elements of the Landscape exhibition was displayed in Wigeon Café at WWT Welney Wetland Centre as part of OuseFest 2016, which included a private viewing on the opening evening.

The concept behind the exhibiton was to find the ‘hidden’ people of the Ouse Washes Landscape, to take their photograph and to tell their fascinating stories through images.

The project was managed by photographer, Pete Johnstone of PJ.elements, and funded by a small grant from the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Opening evening at WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

Opening evening at WWT Welney Wetland Centre. - Credit: Archant

He said: “The people in the photographs hold a diverse range of skills and knowledge of the landscape.

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“They include farmers, wildlife experts, water managers, artists, poets and volunteers – all of whom hold the fabric of community life together.

“They work hard to maintain and improve the unique heritage of the Ouse Washes”.

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Elements of the Landscape was undertaken during the winter of 2015 through to summer 2016.

The project has also included a regular blog and an archival photo book, which can be seen on the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership’s page at

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