Today we turned all the negatives into positives using Photoshop. Tim had scanned all the negatives onto the computer first. It’s much quicker than processing one image every 5 minutes in the darkroom. In Photoshop it took us 5 minutes to process 60 photos! We did this so we can get them printed on a bigger scale for the exhibition in two weeks time.
Today we also showed Blue and Andrew how to set up the darkroom and use the pinhole cameras. Blue wrote everything down onto paper and Tim will type it up for us all to use as a guide in the future. It was definitely keeping Tim on his toes! Andrew took his first successful photo having had a few fails in the past.
Finally, we started to make a book using an online ‘print on demand’ service. We’re choosing the best photos but we might get to put more in the book that we’ll have space for, in the exhibition.
My favourite bit of today was keeping Tim on his toes while teaching Blue and Andrew!
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.