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Camera Club cover coastal waters

Orkney Camera Club respond each year to the Festival theme, and this year had an even bigger challenge – to do so online; and they have responded in splendid style. Their exhibition Orkney’s Coastal Waters is a delight, as you can see by going to it on the Artsteps site.

Online exhibitions use a lot of memory on your computer, so you should make sure first that all other applications are shut down, and it can take a little time to load. But the wait is worth it, as you will see when you arrive at a gallery by the sea with the photographs set out on the walls.

To start with, just clicking on an image is the simplest way around, moving from each one to its neighbour, and then as you become more at home with the system you will find some of its varied possibilities.To start with, just clicking on an image is the simplest way around, moving from each one to its neighbour, and then as you become more at home with the system you will find some of its varied possibilities.

And to be able to sit at home, and take time with each image and go back to it, does add to the enjoyment, and it is an opportunity to see so much of Orkney.

You can look across a barley field to Hoy Sound, or enjoy aerial views of the cliffs of Shapinsay or Sanday’s shores. There’s the Old Man of Hoy, and Stanger Head in Flotta; flying foam at Marwick and waves at the Bay of Skaill.

You can see the power of the sea at Finstown too, with a battering from the storm, and then out at sea there is the Hamnavoe in Hoy Sound, with the spray breaking over her.

There is the Pentland Venture and the Alfred, wet rocks and sea mist, a fulmar and a redshank, an oystercatcher and a black guillemot at Eynhallow, and a seal mother and pup. And you can access it wherever you are.

There are photographs by Ray Groundwater, Steve Henderson, Sheila Moodie, Tom Nimmo, Steve Sankey, Lorna Wilson and Tim Wright.

The exhibition Orkney’s Coastal Waters can be viewed on the Artsteps site