Travels with a Tangerine exhibition launches at Milton Keynes Central Library this week

Milton Keynes Central Library hosts a new exhibition from Monday (April 3).

Travels with a Tangerine is a selection of photographs from regular library exhibitor and Milton Keynes resident David Tunnicliffe.

David explained the background to the show:
"Ibn Battuta (February 25, 1304 – 1368 or 1369), was a Moroccan explorer, known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla ("Journey"). Over a period of thirty years, Battuta travelled more than 75,000 miles visiting North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Burma, Vietnam and China, a distance surpassing threefold his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time.

My friend and author, Tim Mackintosh-Smith, a resident of Sana’a, Yemen, whom I met while I was working there in 1990, encouraged me to prepare a photographic exhibition of my own ‘journey’ as in my 38 years in HM Diplomatic Service I have been privileged to visit and serve in most, if not all of the countries in his Rihla.

I picked up my first camera in Saigon in 1969 and have been taking photographs ever since. My extensive photographic library includes not only Vietnam, Ethiopia, Northern Territory of Australia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Egypt, Yemen, Burma, Japan, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Israel, Spain and Morocco.

Photography is my way of capturing the memories and experiences I am fortunate to encounter on my own travels. This exhibition is a glimpse into that journey which I hope viewers will enjoy and hopefully be encouraged to make their own journey."

> The exhibition will show on the first floor of the gallery until May 2, 2017. Opening hours are 9am-6pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-5pm (Sat). Admission is free.