Adrian Houston’s ‘The Spirit of Nature’ Exhibition at Informality Gallery

Exhibition Date: 9th July until 5th August

Informality gallery in Henley on Thames, in conjunction with the initiative Action Oak, are delighted to announce a new exhibition of works by renowned British photographer, Adrian Houston.

Entitled ‘The Spirit of Nature’, the retrospective will be held at the Informality gallery and will focus on Adrian’s most recent landscape photography which saw him capture the ethereal beauty of Henley’s bluebell woods. A percentage of each sale will be donated to the River & Rowing Museum and Action Oak, which is seeking to develop a coordinated plan to identify and tackle issues threatening our native oak trees.

Houston, who has a long-standing passion for trees, says:

“The UK is home to almost half of the world’s bluebells which means we have a special responsibility for their preservation.

Come springtime and they ensure our forests and woodlands are a magical sight.

This is certainly true of the woods near Henley which although a wonder of nature at any time, are especially so when the bluebells start to emerge and a beautiful carpet of blue stretches as far as the eye can see.

Each season seems to be better than the last and this year in particular these glorious views helped lift my spirits during the long weeks of lockdown when I came here for my early walks.

The sunrise twilight has always been a favourite time of mine. I love the sense of peace and serenity, with only the morning chorus and the occasional deer to break the silence.

Capturing this tranquil atmosphere as dawn breaks and rays of golden sunlight filter through the early morning mist was a spiritual moment for me.

Walking through these woods at any time of day gives you a sense of peace. Having time to reconnect with nature is something everyone needs. Take for instance the way trees use a network of fungi beneath our feet to communicate with one another. How to help our fellow species through times of challenge, stress and illness is a lesson from which we can all learn, particularly now.

Spending time reconnecting with nature can have a rewarding and inspiring effect on everyone. Often the frenetic pace of everyday life makes this impossible. More recently however those lucky enough to have a garden or live in the countryside have been able to witness the wonders of our flora and fauna first hand, something which many of us never had the time to do before.

Hopefully this period of reflection will help us all understand the need to protect our natural resources before it is too late. For we are all part of nature and hold a stake in its future.”

Don’t miss this stunning exhibition – 9th July – 5th August at Informality gallery.

Informality gallery and Adrian Houston have generously agreed that 10% of the profits will go to support the River & Rowing Museum.

Informality Gallery, 11 Market Place, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK.