Exhibition of pre Second World War Wells photos
A SERIES of photographs, capturing life in pre-war Wells life has been put on show by a Wells architect.
For nearly seventy years Reece Winstone took his camera out into the Somerset countryside and photographed the men and women he came across, as they went about their daily lives.
Since his death in 1991, photographic historians have recognised Mr Winstone, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, as being a key recorder of a way of life that has now all but disappeared, and the more than 43,000 photographs in his archive, and the books in his As it Was series, are now in demand from collectors and historians.
His son John has arranged for a selection of photographs from the archive to be displayed at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, until November 13.
A book Bristol and Somerset, Vanishing Lives accompanies the exhibition.
“At the start of his career, my father had seen pen and ink drawings by artist FG Lewin of Bristol people and scenes and these were the inspiration for the types of photographs he wanted to take,” said John.
Of particular interest to Wells residents is a photograph taken in January 1947 depicting Italian prisoner of war, Gaetano Celestra and his newly-completed sculpture of Romulus and Remus at Pen Hill.
The sculpture, which still remains, was reputedly made by Mr Celestra as a thank you to the people of Wells for his kind treatment in Penleigh Camp during the war.