Search

Autistic Rainham teenager showcases talent with photography exhibition

18:00 23 February 2014

Tom Bell

Tom Bell

Archant

These photographs capture the beautiful landscapes and vast array of wildlife that can be found at Rainham Marshes.

Tom BellTom Bell

But they are not the work of a professional snapper - they were taken by 19-year-old Tom Bell, whose exhibition was launched at the RSPB reserve on Saturday.

The Rainham teenager, who is autistic, first got behind the lense aged 13 after receiving a camera from his grandparents.

And he hopes the exhibition will be the first of many as he aims to emulate his idols Simon King and David Attenborough.

He said: “I want to do a photography course next year, and definitely want to do it as a career.

Tom BellTom Bell

“In five years I would like to be working and taking photographs for a wildlife magazine.”

When he is not at Havering College in Tring Gardens, Harold Hill, Tom spends his spare time at the marshes - and admits patience is a must.

“Sometimes I am there for an hour or two before I get a good shot,” he explained.

But he is already beginning to reap the rewards for his work, selling six photos on the first day of the exhibion. By the end of his run, on March 2, he hopes to have sold 50.

His father Steve said he has “never looked back” since he received his first camera, and thanked the staff at Rainham Marshes for giving him the opportunity to showcase his work.

“I’m grateful to the marshes for giving him the opportunity to do it. It will give him more confidence in his photography,” he said.

Tom’s work is on display at the Purfleet hide in the RSPB reserve.

To see more of Tom’s work, click the link on the right.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Collapsed house in Collier Row

Neighbours have spoken of their horror after a house under refurbishment collapsed, saying it looks like a “bomb has gone off”.

12:27
Bedfords Park lake, where armed police patrolled on Monday

A driver who had two gunshot victims in his car flagged down passing police for help.

The car fire in Rush Green. Picture: Michael Christiansen

These dramatic shots show a car being consumed by a fireball in Rush Green last night.

Paul Hannaford's anti knife crime campaign

A former gang member is determined to warn teens against a life of crime.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

A man who was dubbed a ‘hot criminal’ has won a modelling contract.

Andrew Mitchell’s wallet is £80,000 lighter today, and his political reputation is in tatters.

His girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.