A PHOTOGRAPHER has captured scenes from Men in Sheds bases across the Isle of Wight.

Jim Owers visited some active sheds, which are community-run, non-profit spaces that provide a base for craftwork and social interaction.

Out of the hundreds of pictures taken, 32 have been chosen for an exhibition at Lord Louis Library in Newport — which runs from Monday, November 25 to Saturday, November 30.

Lois Prior, Men in Sheds co-ordinator for Age UK IW, was first approached by Jim at the ShedFest event held earlier this year.

She said: “Jim told me he was interested in documentary photography and was keen to photograph the men’s sheds in action.

"He visited four of the sheds over a number of days, capturing some fantastic moments.”

As well as photos, Jim created storyboards for each of the sheds, providing the shed members with photographic books.

Jim said: “I am developing a photographic project called People at Work and Play on the Isle of Wight, having first became aware of the sheds when I had some tools to donate and didn’t want them to end up in landfill.

“I was curious to find out exactly what happens in these sheds, and as a documentary photographer this fitted in well with my ongoing project, to document different community assets, whether it’s a fish and chip shop, a stonemasons or a Men's Shed.”

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