Dutch exhibition of pictures of Hastings proves a massive hit

AN exhibition in the Netherlands of photographs featuring Hastings and St Leonards received such a warm response that a follow-up is already in the pipeline.

The images, taken by Dutch fine arts photographer Hans van Erp in 1993, combine old techniques with digital photography to create unusual images.

The exhibition, at the Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven, last Saturday (November 19), marked the launch of a book Tangible Keepsakes of a Dream...Images of Hastings and St Leonards, featuring all of van Erp’s 51 images of the town.

One of the 50 or so visitors, came along after hearing of the event from a relative living in Hastings, who had read the article in the Observer (November 11 edition). Marie Louise Lewiszong received a call from her aunt Christine Matthews, 85, who told her she had spotted the picture of ‘Butlers Famed Emporium’ where her son had worked as an errand boy, and encouraged her niece, who lives in Eindhoven, to go.

The photographs of seascape, townscape, landscape and people are blue cyanotypes and tricolour cyanotype and gum bichromate combinations, combined with digital photography.

Bill Third, who published the book along with colleague Mike Mills, said: “I hope to organize an exhibition of Hans van Erp’s Hastings & St.Leonards portfolio in the New Year.”

The hardback version can be ordered online at www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2574391.