IT’S not just David Attenborough who was entranced by Madagascar…
While the veteran TV broadcaster and naturalist returned from the African island with footage for a BBC TV series, John Scholey came back with vivid images that now form the basis for his first photographic exhibition in Sheffield.
And alongside his 68 photos on the walls of the Gardeners Rest pub in Neepsend Lane is one signed by David Attenborough.
“I couldn’t believe it when David Attenborough had his TV series leading up to my exhibition,” said John, a computer software engineer, who lives in Nether Edge.
“I wrote to him about the exhibition and sent him a couple of flyers, which he signed. He also sent a signed photo of himself.
“I was amazed how quickly he turned it around.”
John went to Madagascar with wife Enid in November 2009.
“It’s fantastic place, so diverse, from rain forests to dry areas. There was so much there – the people, the landscapes, the wildlife.
“There were so many good pictures to take and it seemed such a good basis for an exhibition.”
He has been interested in photography for a long time, becoming seriously interested over the last three years.
Now he is “over the moon” at his first exhibition, which opened this week at the Gardeners, which is run by Pat Wilson and Eddie Munnelly.
John, aged 62, is a regular customer at the pub as a member of the Sheffield City Morris team. “It is my first attempt at anything like this,” he said. “If it’s successful, hopefully it will lead to others.”
He takes his camera with him on trips abroad and is a member of Sheffield Photographic Society. Four of his images were on display last week at the society’s annual exhibition at the Cathedral.
They include a panoramic view of the city centre and a graffitt-strewn bridge in Neepsend – which makes a bit of a contrast with lemurs and chameleons in Madagascar.
The exhibition at the Gardeners Rest is being staged until March 31.