Jeff Mander Biography
My initial training was in Fine Art at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and the first exhibitions I produced were of paintings, drawings and sculptures. I became more interested in photography about twelve years ago when I acquired my first digital camera.
The landscape has always been the main point of inspiration for my art and this has continued with my photographic compositions.
The area I know best and photograph most frequently is the Peak District, a National Park close to my home in Derby.
My first solo photography exhibition was in Derby in 2015, at an independent gallery called Artsmith Live. The following year I showed my work at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in an exhibition called 'Derbyshire Woods'.
In 2017 I exhibited at Strutt's North Mill Museum in Belper, Derbyshire, at Anvil Gallery, Derby, part of Format 2017 International Photography Festival and in Kamakura, Japan.
I was also commissioned by Derby Museums to capture images of Arkwright's Cromford Mills and nearby Willersley Castle, reflecting the changes in the landscape since the same views were painted by Joseph Wright in1795-6.