Exhibition by our first photographer-in-residence has been launched at National Waterways Museum

Stunning waterway images by Jonathan Goldberg, our first photographer-in-residence, are now being showcased in a special summer exhibition at our National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.

Victoria Quay in Sheffield by Jonathan Goldberg

Stunning photographs taken by Jonathan Goldberg, our first photographer-in-residence, are being showcased in a special summer exhibition at our National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.

Jonathan was awarded a six month residency after winning first prize in the 2019 Flow Photo Competition, organised in partnership with the Future Water Association and Parker Harris. The judging panel were impressed by his “highly individual, idiosyncratic angle on people engaging with water.”

The exhibition features nearly 40 photographs, taking inspiration from visits to canals in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Huddersfield, Sheffield, West Midlands, Gloucester and the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales.

Celebrating our waterways

Jonathan, who is a portrait and documentary photographer based in London, relished the challenge. With a focus on human interaction, his photos celebrate people enjoying the broad range of leisure opportunities our canals provide, like our popular Let’s Fish angling courses, as well as boating, canoeing, walking and cycling.

He said: “My overall approach to this project has been about people who caught my eye, composed within a carefully considered environment. I love the way that you can walk or cycle along a canal and see so many eclectic views of people and boats. The slow pace of life feels therapeutic in today’s super-charged world. I can only hope my photos inspire others to extend their relationship with our unique, inland waterways.”

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A wonderful snapshot

Tim Eastop, arts & culture partner leading our creative programme, added: “There is a special tone, emotion and humour in Jonathan’s images, which you pick up. The collection displays a distinctive colour palette which embodies both the people and the historic waterway structures in the background. It’s a wonderful snapshot of how we enjoy canals in the 21st century – and we hope the collection will encourage people to go and explore for themselves, with or without a camera."

Jonathan Goldberg’s photographic exhibition will be on view until Monday 9 August 2021 in our museum’s Island Warehouse.

Tickets into the National Waterways Museum cost £9.75 for adults, £6 for children and £25 for families.