Elaine’s let­ting her light shine through

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

A Drogheda woman has taken the world of pho­tog­ra­phy by storm, and one of her im­ages is set to grace the cover of a ma­jor UK lit­er­ary mag­a­zine next month.

Dublin-based Elaine But­ler’s pho­to­graph “Let your Light Shine”, a pho­to­graph of the Voy­ager Statue by Linda Brunker in Lay­town, will be on the front cover of po­etry and prose pub­li­ca­tion “Prole” in De­cem­ber, and an ex­hi­bi­tion of her work will be held in the RDS from next week.

“It is a very ex­cit­ing time, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the forth­com­ing RDS Gifted Fair from Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 5th to Sun­day 9th,” says Elaine (right), who grew up in Drogheda where her fam­ily owned the Marsh House bar on the Marsh Road.

“I only got into pho­tog­ra­phy about six or seven years ago, when I joined the Palmer­stown Cam­era Club near to where I moved to, with my mum Nina and sis­ter Michelle, and it re­ally took off from there.”

Elaine left Drogheda when she fin­ished in the Sa­cred Heart in 1987, and stud­ied Psy­chol­ogy in UCD, be­fore spend­ing 12 years work­ing with HIV sup­port, drug sup­port and home­less ser­vices in Dublin.

“Pho­tog­ra­phy started as a hobby and I got some great feed­back on my shots and thought maybe there is some­thing in this,” she says with a laugh. “I al­ways loved art in school, and my favourite sub­jects now are land­scapes and seas­capes, and fine art por­trai­ture. I was so de­lighted when my photo I took in Lay­town was cho­sen by the mag­a­zine in Bri­tain, which will bring my work to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.”

Elaine has re­ceived a num­ber of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional awards for her work, in­clud­ing the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of Amer­ica, Ir­ish Pho­to­graphic Fed­er­a­tion, Ex­pres­sions Fine Art Por­trait In­ter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion, En­vi­sionog­ra­phy In­ter­na­tional Fine Art Pho­tog­ra­phy Com­pe­ti­tion, among oth­ers. She has held a num­ber of solo ex­hi­bi­tions of her im­ages in Dublin, and also So­las Fine Art Gallery, Leitrim and cur­rently has an ex­hi­bi­tion of my im­ages on dis­play in The Bridge Gallery, Chapeli­zod, Dublin 20. Elaine’s work is be­ing praised all over the world, but her biggest fan is right there with her, in her Chapeli­zod home.

“My eight-year-old son Dy­lan loves to come out with me and take pho­tos with his own cam­era,” she says.“He loves pho­tograph­ing the great out­doors like me and we go on pho­to­graphic na­ture trails to­gether.” Gifted is open in the RDS from 10am-10pm Wed, Thurs, Fri and 10am - 7pm on Sat and Sun. Elaine’s web­site is www.ElaineBut­lerPho­tog­ra­phy.com

Elaine But­ler’s pho­to­graph “Let your Light Shine”, a pho­to­graph of the Voy­ager Statue in Lay­town.

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