Elsey’s Gallery to showcase young Bury St Edmunds photographer’s work

House in Pennsylvania pictured by Alex Howard who is staging his Strange Fruit Exhibition at Elsey's Gallery
House in Pennsylvania pictured by Alex Howard who is staging his Strange Fruit Exhibition at Elsey's Gallery

A young photographer is staging his first solo exhibition in Bury St Edmunds which has a strong flavour of the American South.

Alex Howard opens Storm Fruit at Elsey’s Gallery in Bury St Edmunds on February 3.

Strange Fruit exhibition by Alex Howard at Elsey's Gallery

Strange Fruit exhibition by Alex Howard at Elsey's Gallery

The 23-year-old graduate from Camberwell Art College returns to his home town and will be showing pictures from a two month tour of the American South.

The atmospheric shots capture some of the iconic items depicting the southern states while the exhibition’s title Strange Fruit after the Billie Holiday number conveys Alex’s love of The Blues.

The gallery in Risbygate Street, came about after Cate Hadley, Elsey’s Gallery director, opened a pop up gallery at Elsey’s Yard.

She said: “I am actively promoting emerging artists and Elsey’s Gallery will be staging selling exhibitions for individuals and groups of artists.

Six Mile Lake sign by Alex Howard part of the Strange Fruit exhibition by Alex Howard

Six Mile Lake sign by Alex Howard part of the Strange Fruit exhibition by Alex Howard

“I was very impressed with Alex’s initiative. He has been using his time very productively whilst seeking a professional career in the Arts.

“We have had many discussions about artists and exhibitions and I feel sure that with his extensibe knowledge of art history and his enthusiasm that he will go far.”

The former King Edward V1 pupil attended West Suffolk College studying photography there before going to London. He said: “I have always been interested in American folk lore and legend and have been inspired by seeing other pictures of the southern landscape.

“I worked for a couple of years to fund the trip to the States and I like to shoot using film. It’s a slower process and you consider the picture you are taking.”

Strange Fruit runs until February 28 and is open 10.30am to 3pm, weekdays and 10.30am to 5pm Saturdays. Alex is also working on a book of his American photographs.

Cate is looking for more young local artists to display their work at the gallery in order to offer them the opportunity to showcase their tyalents. She can be contacted on 07966 550753 ore catehadley@btinternet.com