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• Emma Durnford’s special edition of Teddington sights is on sale now, in aid of the Landmark Arts Centre

• Emma Durnford’s special edition of Teddington sights is on sale now, in aid of the Landmark Arts Centre

Emma Durnford's photo montage of Teddington

Emma Durnford, one of Teddington’s most accomplished photographers, has just created a unique montage of Teddington sights in aid of the crisis-stricken Landmark Arts Centre.

Now available in a signed limited edition of 25, the photographic montage is Emma’s contribution to the ‘Landmark 25 Challenge’ – an initiative not only to celebrate the arts centre’s 25th anniversary but also raise vital funds to help save it from closure.

“I live in Teddington and I want to do my bit because the Landmark is a fantastic resource for everyone” Emma said. “It’s a much-valued community hub, and life without it would be unthinkable.”

The Landmark, one of the Teddington Society’s valued Corporate Members, receives no core external funding. The Covid-19 crisis has hit it hard – all its income has completely dried up, and it’s been told by the government that it isn’t eligible for the £25,000 Business Support Grant, nor the £750m package for charities in the social welfare sector. So it’s totally on its own.

However, local people have rallied round – not least Emma Durnford. Her montage, appropriately enough, comprises 25 photographs, all specially shot for the project. They include the Landmark itself – of course – plus the High Street’s famous Native American ‘cigar man’, the Teddington Society’s poppy sculpture, and a host of other familiar (and not so familiar) sights and landmarks.

Emma graduated in 1990 with a degree in photography and graphic design. Her global work has earned her the internationally recognised distinction of ‘Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society’, which is just one of her credits and awards. She also has a best selling range of photographic greeting and Christmas cards on sale in a number of local retailers including Waterstones – more than 32,000 cards sold so far, and the numbers are still rising.

But back to the montage in aid of the Landmark. Each one measures 40cm x 40cm (16 ins x 16 ins) and is mounted, signed, and comes with a numbered guide to the 25 locations. The cost is £100, with 25% going directly to the Landmark. You can order your copy though Emma’s website or via her Twitter account, @EmmaDPhotos

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