Ernest Elliott: Faces of the Lough

Faces of the Lough: the portrait photography of Ernest Elliott
Down County Museum has just opened a new exhibition which features the photographs of Portaferry photographer, Ernest Elliott.
Ernest Elliott was a talented photographer who created a vast collection of images taken over a 50 year career.  Beginning in the 1930s, he took photographs of everything that interested him resulting in a large and varied collection, containingimages of local events, industries and businesses as well as stunning images of Strangford Lough.
Self taught when he began in the early 1930’s, he spent the years that followed improving his skills and even setting up his own darkroom at his home. 
This exhibition features his striking portrait photography, which demonstrates an amazing skill in photographing people.  His photographs show he had a way of putting people at ease and capturing natural moments of laughter and expression that give a sense of the personality behind the face.  His work gives us an insight  into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the area and the connection they share with Strangford Lough.
The exhibition is now open at Down County Museum and will be on until the summer. Admission to the exhibition is free.
The Chairperson of Newry. Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said ‘This exhibition of photographs by Ernest Elliott beautifully captures the personalities of the people of the Strangord Lough area. The subjects include fishermen, sailors, farmers and as well as outside shots there are many interior scenes but always it is the face which is the central focus.  This is a fascinating glimpse of the past life of the Lough and its characters.’