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Welcome to the Waterfront Workshop: PhotoEast Day of Talks and Events

We went to the UCS art gallery to sign up for the Festival talks. Then we walked over to the lecture theatre in the UCS Arts Department to hear a talk about the docks in the old days and how it has changed over time. The talk was by Stuart Grimwade of the Ipswich Maritime Trust.


Tim then gave a speech about the work that we’d been doing with the pinhole cameras. Joel gave some good input about what he had done too. Tim showed the audience the pinhole cameras and then we went outside onto the courtyard and Joel took a picture of us all on the old camera. Others took some photos using the pinhole cameras. Joel took photos of everyone doing this and i helped a lady take off the lens cap and put it back on again to time the exposure of the photo.


We all had a chat for a while and we walked back over to the Waterfront Building, UCS. Joel had to go, so me Blue and Tim went to another lecture theatre to hear Chloe Dewe-Mathews’ talk about the First World War. She spoke about the people who had been killed by their own people for desertion. She wanted to know where these had happened so she could photograph these places. This was her project ‘Shot at Dawn’ and was done to mark the 100th anniversary of WWI. It was a very interesting talk because deserters don’t get talked about that often. In particular there was a story of a young boy who went off to war and was shot for desertion. It’s nice to give the boy a name so they’re not completely forgotten.


After that we came back to Avalon Court where i helped Tim to produce the negative photos in the darkroom. We had to be quick because Tim wanted to take both the negative and positive prints back to the people who had taken them earlier after our talk. We opened up the pinhole cameras, put the paper in the develop for about 1.5 minutes and then into the Stop for 30 seconds. Finally we moved them into the Fix for 2 minutes when we could then view them and put them into the water to wash.


Then we did some positive prints by putting the negatives over the top of a new blank piece of photographic paper with a bit of see-through plastic over the top. We opened the darkroom door for 4 seconds to expose the new paper to the light through the negative. this made a positive print which then went through the chemicals again for the same timings. Ideally the negatives would have been dry before making the positive prints but we didn’t have time for that today. It meant there were water marks on the prints but the negatives can still be dried and reprinted another time.


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As we’re writing this blog, Laurence is turning 4 of my negative pictures into positives, so i have some prints for my flat. We’ll also send photos i took today of our lecture and workshop to Stuart Grimwade from the Ipswich Maritime Trust. Stuart said he would like all the pictures to become part of the IMT image archive, which means our photos taken over 2 weeks ago will provide an update of what’s in the archive! That feels good!


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Welcome to the Waterfront Project

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.


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