Michelin starred Pensons restaurant is hosting an exclusive photography exhibition this month, featuring stunning landscapes by the award-winning local photographer Finn Beales. People can also win a pair of Finn’s framed prints in Pensons’ charity prize draw in aid of the British Red Cross/DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (visit Pensons’ website for details).
The archaeological artefacts that usually decorate Pensons’ walls, The Netherwood Collection, will be on loan to Ferrous, a Festival of Artist Blacksmithing in Hereford City Centre (on now to 3rd April 2022). Finn’s photography is taken from his book Let’s Get Lost, which was recently Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards: Photography Travel Book of the Year.
Peta Darnley, owner of Pensons, said: “The Netherwood Collection that usually decorates the walls at Pensons was collected over a century of farming the Netherwood Estate and represents millennia of human habitation on the land.
“It’s an exploration of time, history, and human impact in a very specific area. Finn’s work similarly explores the environment and has an incredibly strong sense of place even as he ventures to the undiscovered wilds of the world.”
Finn said: “Exploration of faraway places can lead to a more profound perception of ourselves and our own spaces. Our awareness of the world has never been greater, but how deep does that awareness run and what happened to our ability to wonder?
“Getting lost is part of the process: it helps us determine that which we find of value. And when we find what we are looking for, it can be the most rewarding form of discovery.”
The exhibition will be available to view for Pensons' diners through early Spring, with prints available to purchase from the restaurant. Pensons is an ingredient-led, Red and Green Michelin-starred restaurant that celebrates the finest seasonal produce, cooked in a simple but sumptuous style.
It’s open from Wednesday evening through to Sunday lunch.