Today i interviewed Wes on his Thames Barge, The Victor. I prepared some questions with Tim, Blue and Andrew beforehand. When we arrived i gave him his print of himself on the victor, which i’d taken on a pinhole camera. Then i interviewed him starting with some quick questions before getting Wes to open up about his past. He talked about his father being a barge captain before him and how he obtained The Victor. It wasn’t in a good condition so he put a lot of effort into making it better. He said his uncle was in the war, dropping off soldiers before reaching the beach because the barge’s shallow bottom didn’t make it suitable for it to go right onto the beach itself. He also used to be a barge captain before helming The Victor. Then he said once every week he goes to Sainsbury’s cafe to meet up with other barge captains.
Then we went out to a folk night on The Victor. The folk people talked about Wes’ photo up on the wall. They were telling the audience to go see it. I was pointed out as the photographer! We drank and ate macaroni cheese and listened to live music.
Find out more about Wes and The Victor on Twitter @VictorBargeWes and on Facebook www.facebook.com/sailingbargevictor
Blog by Joel Mayo
As part of the PhotoEast Festival 2016 residents of Genesis Housing will be crafting their own pinhole cameras to capture life and work along Ipswich’s Waterfront. In a number of workshops led by professional photographer Tim Mitchell participants will learn how to build a dark room, a pinhole camera, the basics in photography and then go out and take photos for themselves. They will be exhibited alongside Tim Mitchell’s own work and the Ipswich Maritime Trust’s archive photography between 24 May – 25 June 2016. As part of the project, participants, many of whom live with learning difficulties or mental health issues, will record their experiences in a blog housed on the PhotoEast website. This project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as Ipswich Maritime Trust and Genesis Housing.