18th Sep, 2019

Photo exhibition offers fresh perspective on town

Ian Hughes 19th May, 2019 Updated: 21st May, 2019

A FRESH perspective on Stratford is offered in a photographic exhibition at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT).

Living with History is a collection of 14 photographs by William Mulryne on display at Hall’s Croft café in Stratford until September 29.

William, who has Asperger Syndrome, was born and brought up in Stratford and studied photography at Stratford College. He describes himself as “an observer of things”. His photographs are his documentary of everyday life in a population of around 30,000 people, sharing their town each year with 5million visitors drawn to the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

William said: “Stratford-upon-Avon is an amazing place with a special feeling, but the town gets smaller every time you go out. I understand when people get angry at the various developments as it changes the feeling of the town with every one.

“Asperger Syndrome made growing up a series of experiences, everything was 100 per cent interesting. I experienced cars, music, elevators: the sounds and the way they moved, working out how they worked and being mesmerised by the visual movement.”

The exhibition is curated by Josephine Reichert, the founder and director of Birmingham’s Ort Gallery which showcases the work of under-represented artists and aims to make art accessible to everyone.

Louisa Davies, head of creative programme at the SBT, said: “The photographs selected for this exhibition capture William’s feelings beautifully – the nostalgia of childhood, the love for restoration and keeping history alive.

“They capture a brief moment in time and yet they represent a very different view of the town to the experience most tourists will have. They give us an insight into ‘real life’, the every day and the extra ordinary within these humdrum moments.”

Entry to the exhibition is free.

Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/halls-croft/living-history for further details.

William Mulryne’s photo of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s honorary president, Professor Sir Stanley Wells, pictured in his office features in the Living with History exhibition.

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