Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale September 4

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

10:27
The cast of Brookside Theatre's concert Nights on Broadway, staged in aid of our Fundraise on the First campaign with children's charity First Step. Picture: Brookside Theatre

The energy and soaring vocals of some of our best-loved musicals were strikingly recreated at a charity concert.

07:01
Alan Steward and Dr Ed Diggines talking about the vanguard project. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Listening to Alan Steward and Dr Ed Diggines speak, it’s clear they are excited – and very proud – about Havering being chosen for one of eight “vanguard” projects across the country.

09:33
C2C rain at Fenhcurch Street

Train operator c2c has remained the most punctual in the UK, according to latest Network Rail figures.

Yesterday, 16:23
The Old Bailey

An heir to a multi-million pound nightclub empire unleashed a “barrage of abuse” at his alcoholic father and stabbed him to death as the family fortunes teetered on the brink of collapse, a court heard.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

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

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder