Conwy High Street photo display is back!

Pictures by Conwy Camera Club members have returned to Conwy High Street after an absence of 13 years, this time in the form of a digital photo display.

From 1998 to 2013, residents and visitors alike enjoyed the club’s monthly displays of photographic prints in an empty shop window at the top of the street. After the building reverted to being a shop, the club continued to show prints at the Civic Hall until closure in 2019.

Now the club has installed a screen in the window of the GH Edwards shop, also at the top of High Street, which displays a repeating sequence of images by club members, along with historic photos from Conwy Archive Service. The sequence will be changed each month.

February’s display includes an inspirational set of photos by Tanya Liepins, who joined Conwy Camera Club in 2017 as a photographic novice but quickly mastered many techniques with the camera and computer, including astro photography.

There’s also a sequence of silhouette photos, many of them by members who have joined the club in the last few years. These images were entered in a recent club competition where ‘Silhouettes’ was the theme.

This month’s display also shows how the club supports Conwy Town Council by photographing events, including remembrance activities in November.

Viewers can also see pictures of our area on Coronation weekends ‘then and now’, following a joint project by the club and Conwy Archive Service last May.

Club chair Henrique Fino said: “We had lots of good feedback from the public when we displayed prints, so we’re delighted to be showing images in the High Street once again.

“Time has moved on since our print displays ended. Club members still produce prints, but with the digital screen we can present more images for everyone to enjoy each month.

“We’re grateful to the managers of GH Edwards for giving us the opportunity to present images at their shop, which is a focal point for the community.”

Barry Edwards, of GH Edwards, said: “It’s wonderful to showcase photos from the camera club and the archives, to get people talking about Conwy old and new.”

The shop has been in the Edwards family for over 50 years. The photo shows manager Charlie Crowther, partner of Richard Edwards, alongside the new photo screen and Henrique Fino.

Conwy Camera Club is the oldest photographic society in North Wales, founded in 1945. It’s one of the largest in Wales, with over 80 members.

Conwy Archive Service has a large collection of photos and other historical materials which anyone can view at Conwy Culture Centre.