At the Southwell Scoop we are all about discovering the area and sharing the hidden gems far and wide. There is no better way to do this than with imagery, especially if taken by everyday people whilst they explore Southwell town and the surrounding villages themselves.

So, we are thrilled to introduce to you Alison Shaw, an amateur photographer who will be contributing to the Southwell Scoop on a regular basis. Alison, is a new comer by ‘village standards’ which is ideal, as everything she sees is with the curiosity and wonder of a visitor, appreciating the finer details and also the hidden wildlife in the Southwell area.

“I am a Black Country girl, born and bred but moved to Southwell in September 2017 to be closer to my sister, who lives in the village of Upton.

I fell in love with Southwell the first time I visited in 2016 and after much discussions with my son Matt, we decided to pack up our jobs (I was formerly a Phlebotomist with Dudley NHS) and start afresh in Southwell.

We found our beautiful cottage on Easthorpe Road and have settled in great. We both love the vibe and friendliness of this small town with a big personality. I am looking forward to starting work as a lunchtime supervisor at the Lowes Wong School on 18 December.

I have always had a keen interest in photography, but didn’t really take it up more seriously until June 2014 when my son bought me a camera for my birthday. Since then, with the encouragement of some good friends I have become a keen amateur and love nothing more than in my spare time, going for a walk and taking photos.

My favourite photographic subjects are my cats and nature. I have taken some wedding photos, but that’s not really what I am interested in. I love to take natural pictures of wildlife and buildings and scenery.

I like to walk around Southwell Minster and take pictures- it is such an amazing subject and I have also been lucky enough to capture pictures of a squirrel and birds in the grounds too. As I am new to the area I am sure there are many more interesting places I can photograph and look forward to doing so.

Alison Shaw

Alison Shaw

Amateur Photographer

Look out for Alison's photographs on our social media @SouthwellScoop

and here on the website - Alison Shaw Gallery
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All images are protected by copyright - belonging to Alison Shaw.