Biospheres are places with world-class environments that are designated by the United Nations to promote and demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature. They are places which value and promote conservation and sustainable development on a regional scale. Biospheres are created to protect the biological and cultural diversity of a region while promoting sustainable economic development. They are places of cooperation, education and research where local communities, environmental groups, and economic interests can work collaboratively on conservation and development issues. This exhibition introduces Biospheres and in particular the new Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere.
An exhibition of flowers by local partially sighted photographer Norman Taylor. Well known for his series of photographs and exhibitions called 'Shed' he now turns his attention to the rich colours and patterns of flowers. An exhibition of exuberant colour and shape.
Dumfries and Galloway has three National Scenic Areas (NSAs) – the Fleet Valley, the East Stewartry Coast and the Nith Estuary. They are recognised as some of the most scenic places in Britain and are a major asset for the region. Focused on river estuaries and bays, enclosed by surrounding hills and farmland, these landscapes have a wonderful range and variety of views both from and into the areas.
Internationally renowned garden photographer, Andrea Jones (2008-9 Photographer of the Year) shows a varied selection of her work, emphasising 'the luminous time' in inspiring gardens, where she has taken images so successfully - in Britain and around the world.
The photographs of Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii were taken during the early years of the 20th century between 1907 and 1915. They record the Russian Empire on the eve of the first world war and the coming revolution. The photographer used a three-shot process to take three separate images of his subjects through red, green and blue filters which could then be combined to produce a colour image. Originally his photographs were used in colour slide presentations using a special projector. But using today’s digital technology it has become much easier to digitally combine his three-shot images to produce startling full colour photographs in print - images so fresh and clear that they might have been taken yesterday.