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The Old Coastguard in Mousehole will shortly be hosting its third art exhibition. ‘Ready Salted’ is a selection of photographs by Penzance-based artist Luke Brown.

This will be Luke’s first private show; featuring 28 of his prints, it will open to the public from Friday 28th November. The prints range between £80 (unframed), and £160-£500 (framed) and are an affordable way of buying the work of a local artist, who has compiled a collection of evocative images of West Cornwall.

Owner Charles Inkin said, “We believe art is an integral part of the dining experience and are thrilled that Luke Brown has agreed to hold his debut exhibition here at The Old Coastguard. His photographs of West Cornwall are timeless classics that beautifully depict day to day life.”

About Luke Brown

Brown started taking photographs at the age of nine with an Olympus Trip, which his mother gave him. He remembers everyone on his street having the same camera, the result of a box of Olympus Trips falling off a lorry…. Prior to that he had been mentally taking photographs by blinking for as long as he can remember so this was a welcome gift.

Brown moved to Cornwall from Thurrock, Essex aged fourteen. His father ran a framing shop in St Ives so he was surrounded by artistic personalities when growing up – in particular the travelling sculptor, Max Barrett. “There were a lot of big characters in a small town which made them all very passionate…. I remember seeing someone throw a glass of red wine at a perfectly white wall, it seemed the most beautiful and spoilt middle-class thing in my fourteen year old mind.”

Brown specialised in photography during his foundation year at Falmouth School of Art, where his latent talent was noted. He found that photography was something that came easily to him; it was a language that he naturally understood. Brown takes inspiration from street photography, old black and white images – in particular Latigue and Bresson whose photographs he sees as being “happy and beautifully composed, capturing a precise moment that seems to defy the ability of their cameras”

Brown lives in Penzance, he has been a youth and community worker around Cornwall for the past fourteen years. He uses photography, film, painting and editing as tools to help people express themselves and their surroundings.

‘Ready Salted’ at The Old Coastguard