THE global economic downturn inspired a Lancaster photographer to capture intimate portraits of local businesspeople, entrepreneurs and artists who have turned their personal passions into careers.
It was while being faced with headline after headline about the recession that photographer Eleanor Postlethwaite said she found herself taking comfort in the fact that she did a job she loved.
This led her to develop a personal project of portraits capturing other Lancastrians who were equally driven about their career: Labours of Love – Lancastrians and their passions.
The exhibition contains striking images of people from all walks of occupation, some who followed a life long calling and others who stumbled backward into something they loved.
Among them there is musician Paul Guppy, represented in a triptych of photographs, Lynne Stafford, chief executive at CancerCare, Jane Binnion, social media consultant, magician David Lancaster, artist Chas Jacobs, and Steve Tomlin, producer at Demi-Paradise.
Eleanor said that at a time when people’s lives are being affected by events beyond their control she found it heartening to discover that Lancaster is brimming with people who have carved their own place in the world.
Eleanor herself has been mad about photography since childhood and after getting a fine arts degree and five years of teaching art in secondary school, she started her business Photo Baby to devote herself to her first love full time.
Though she is kept busy with weddings and family and business portraits, she also makes time for personal projects such as Labours of Love.
She said: “Lancaster is a wonderfully diverse community and once you scratch the surface, you quickly find it is full of fantastic people doing amazing things.”
And she is not stopping here, she already has people lined up for her next project.
Labours of Love is currently on display at 1725, 28 Market Street, Lancaster, and will be moving to other venues later in the year.