Meet the volunteer photographers at Gunby

Volunteer photographer Alan Taylor

Find out who is behind the camera of the beautiful shots that appear on the website and Gunby's social media channels and what their favourite photo of Gunby is.

" I feel so privileged to be able to walk round Gunby practising my hobby."
- David Dales, volunteer photographer

Mike Pounder

I have been involved in photography since the mid 1970’s, when I was handed a camera and asked to take photos when the nominated photographer was called away to attend court. (I was within my first year of being a Police Officer); I was hooked.

Volunteer photographer Mike Pounder
Volunteer photographer Mike Pounder
Volunteer photographer Mike Pounder

I went on to become a Scenes of Crime Officer in the Hertfordshire Constabulary, gaining my Associateship with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) and the Royal Photographic Society, (RPS) both in Forensic Photography. Later, for the work carried out on video enhancement for court purposes, I was awarded an Imaging Scientist qualification by the RPS. I still retain my membership of the BIPP.
I can’t define what I like about photography, I just love it, probably because I can’t draw for peanuts. To this end, when I retired from the police and moved back to Grimsby, I did a BA(Hons) Degree in Commercial Photography. I belong to two camera clubs, North East Lincolnshire Photographic Society (NELPS), and Grimsby Photographic Society (GPS)
I now carry out photographic work, purely on as a volunteer, for the local Hospice, St.Andrews, Gunby Hall, and North East Lincolnshire Archaeology and Local History Society.

Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Mike Pounder
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Mike Pounder
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Mike Pounder

The photo I have selected as one of my favourites shows part of the walled garden early on a frosty morning, I think it gives an air of peace and tranquility before the rush of the day.
 

Jill Shaw

When I came to work in Lincolnshire in 1963, I became interested in Gibraltar Point nature reserve. I have had a camera of some kind since I was about ten years old, so it was natural for me to begin to photograph birds. When digital cameras became available and could be used with computers, my interests widened to include butterflies, and later, bees as well.

Volunteer photographer Jill Shaw
Volunteer photographer Jill Shaw
Volunteer photographer Jill Shaw

In  2013  the local photographic club that I belonged to held a week long exhibition at Gunby Hall. The Visitor Services Manager saw my photos of Gunby Hall that were included in the exhibition, and some others that weren’t, and, asked me if I would like to be a volunteer photographer. I started in February 2014, and am now in my fifth year.
I enjoy talking to people in the gardens and grounds, finding out where they come from, meeting with visitors that come regularly, answering questions about, or naming a plant, if I can, finding out from the garden staff, if I don’t know. I like meeting with the other volunteers, who have many and varied interests, and hobbies, as well as volunteering at Gunby Hall.             

Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Jill Shaw
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Jill Shaw
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Jill Shaw

I have thousands of photos from the time I have been volunteer photographer at Gunby, so choosing a favourite was extremely difficult. I chose this one from the beginning of a Gunby 'year'  because of all the seasons and good days to follow.  

Alan Taylor

My interest in photography started many years ago, now with all the latest developments in photography, this allows me to take images like the one below; how things have changed!
I teach in schools and colleges throughout Lincolnshire, helping young and old unleash their artistic talent.

Volunteer photographer Alan Taylor
Volunteer photographer Alan Taylor
Volunteer photographer Alan Taylor

Being invited to shoot for Gunby Hall and the National Trust has given me access some of Britain's hidden treasures, allowing me to record them for future generations. 

Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Alan Taylor
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Alan Taylor
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer Alan Taylor

This image is one of my favourites from the music room in Gunby, shot in very low light, exactly how you would see it when you visit.

David Dales

I bought my first camera when I was in Hong Kong in 1964 with the Royal Navy and I'm still learning! My main interest has always been sports photography with wildlife and landscape creeping in over the last few years.

Volunteer photographer David Dales
Volunteer photographer David Dales
Volunteer photographer David Dales

I started volunteering with the National Trust after I sent the team at Gunby an image which I thought may have been taken in the Gunby parkland. It turned out it was and they asked if I had thought of becoming a volunteer. Having just retired and looking for mischief it took me about two seconds to reply that I would love to be one. I feel so privileged to be able to walk round Gunby practising my hobby.

Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer David Dales
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer David Dales
Favourite Gunby photo of volunteer photographer David Dales

I've chosen this photo as my favourite as I particularly enjoy an early morning walk through the parkland trying to capture a sunrise or the trees shrouded in mist.