A collection of black and white photographs illustrating historic flora and fauna arrived at the Exeter headquarters of Hospiscare recently. Following some research, and information given by a family member, it was established that the photographer who took them was an accomplished amateur and member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Dr. Bruce Forman studied zoology at Aberdeen University, having gained his doctorate he stayed on as a lecturer until 1961. He led many field trips to study the flora and fauna of different parts of Scotland, always taking his camera to record his findings.
His university lecturing was followed by his appointment to the Nature Conservancy Council, first in Norfolk then, following promotions he went to London as Director for England, soon becoming acting Director General of the whole organisation.
Each time he and his family moved house, a new garden was created. The size and planting schemes of which grew throughout each occupancy. In the 1980’s he retired to Longdown in Devon where the thirty acre plot included pasture land and woodland with fine views across to Dartmoor.
Dr Forman died in 2003. His family donated the remaining larger images, covering many of his different interests to Hospiscare; they are now keen to find suitable buyers for these wonderful pictures.
A few examples of his pictures are shown below.
Anyone interested in finding out more, or interested in purchasing any of the photographic prints would be supporting the fantastic work carried out by Hospiscare, a local charity that provides free of charge care and support to people with a terminal diagnoses in Exeter, mid and east Devon.
Please see their website: www.hospiscare.co.uk or call 01392 688000.