Alan Spencer is a Bury-based photographer who has been quietly accruing accolades and awards for his photographic works.
Former butcher, musician, and self-confessed amateur, Alan only took to the camera after attending courses at Bury Arts & Crafts Centre in 1996 and soon gained recognition as his works began to appear in national photographic magazines.
Alan has no plans to turn professional. As he says:
“I’m not interested in money at all because I’m comfortable already. I didn’t make a particularly good musician, or a butcher, but I can take a good picture”
Among his many award-winning photos are “Swing Dancers” (left), a picture of two period dancers at East Lancs Railway Station in Rawtenstall, which won him ‘UK Photographer of the Year’ title in a competition staged by the North West Development Agency.
For his photo of “Ladies Paddling at Blackpool” (above left) he was awarded Winner in the Leisure Category of BBC North West Tonight & North West Arts Board Millennium Photography Competition.
Alan was also recognised in the category of Best Entrant Over 50 for his photographic entry in the 2001 Insight Guides Travel Photography Prize
The World Trade Centre New York is particularly poignant, Alan having taken the iconic image of the Twin Towers just 100 days before the tragedy of their demolition by terrorists in 2001
Alan is a regular visitor and photographer of Venice, a city which he has recorded many, many times, including the dramatic Grand Canal scene at night, many images of reflections in canals and the most original image taken of the Venice Festival character.
He numbers celebrities like travel broadcaster and photographer, Alan Wicker and the Duchess of Devonshire among his admirers, as well as international photographers like Lucinda Lambton. Ketty Palma, Grace Robertson and R Thurston Hopkins.
Alan can be contacted by telephone at 0161-764 7312.
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