Mark showed work at Photo Scratch on 9th October 2017 at Hotel Elephant. Here he shares his experience.
I first heard about Photo Scratch, when attending a Photo Forum event in late 2016. I came along as a visitor in April 2017, mainly to see what it was all about. That visit encouraged me to apply to showcase my own project. This is the first time I have tried to do something like this, but the instructions Hanna and Phil provide really helped (read them!).
It was whilst attending an academic conference in Cuba, that I was inspired to start the project I showcased: “Reparacion – the never-ending life of Cuban things”. Having shown the work to several people I’d already done an edit (or, so I thought).
What did I learn? – Firstly, people liked the project (!) and I got some interesting feedback about new insights it had provided and some possible outlets. Secondly, it needed a much tighter edit and a much clearer narrative. After listening to these comments and reading the feedback forms it was clear that I actually had three projects and needed to split them (or kill some). For me the timing of Photo Scratch was perfect. I am heading out to Havana again soon to do more work on the project(s). But this time I will go with a much clearer idea of what I need to better tell these stories. Thirdly, and despite my initial trepidation (as a first timer), it was fun and inspiring. Fourth – read the instructions (again!) and make sure you prepare, it takes longer to set up that you think!
So, I have already split the showcased project into three – a more general ‘Reparacion – the never-ending life of Cuban things’ which, based on the feedback, will aim to show more broadly the culture of repair in Cuba. I am also going to continue working on two ‘spin-off projects’, which are more personal perspectives on the lives of Ivan and family who run electrical repair workshops, and Yalisan, who repairs cigarette lighters. As well as these repair projects, I am also continuing to work on another ongoing project in Cuba, called Zonas deportivas urbanas, it covers sports areas and their recreational and social use in urban Havana. Feel free to take a look.
And the final thing I learnt – there is lots of encouragement and (free) helpful advice out there … use it. Thank you.
We’re delighted to announce the line up for the next edition of Photo Scratch.
Aisling Keavey www.aislingkeaveyart.com
Ameena Rojee www.ameenarojee.co.uk
Daniel J Norwood www.djnorwood.com
Hugh Kinsella Cunningham www.hughcunninghamphotography.com
Kathy Anne Lim www.kathyannelim.com
Mark A Phillips www.markaphillips.co.uk
Thank you to Peter Spurgeon for loaning us a photograph to promote this next edition. Peter shared work at our last edition of Photo Scratch and his work can be found at: www.peterspurgeon.photo
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Thank you to Photograd for doing a SPOTLIGHT interview about Photo Scratch. Have a read via this link.
Scarlett shared work at Photo Scratch in July 2017. She graduated from Plymouth University and is based in the South West of England.
The opportunity to share an ongoing body of work at Photo Scratch has been really valuable. Having graduated earlier this year it was a chance to reach a wider audience and gain feedback from both those in the industry or those with an interest in photography. It also helped me develop in confidence when talking about my work as the setting is informal yet still allows for constructive dialogue. I have developed some great contacts from the evening and have already followed some of these up with further meetings.
‘Powolani przez Boga’ began during a long term self-initiated study in Poland during my second year of university, and is a documentation of the feminine adoration of God that explores beyond a superficial perspective of women’s role in the Catholic Church, through seeking to understand what makes these women give their lives to God. The sisters display an inner contentment that many in a contemporary society would envy. This comes from the belief that they have been called by God. The calling and dedication to the church is not tangible, some would argue that the presence of God does not exist, however for the women of the Felician Franciscan Congregation it determines their path through life. My intention was to develop this work following graduation and the feedback from Photo Scratch has enabled me to formulate my ideas going forward. I’m now looking forward to returning to Poland with a fresh perspective.
‘Photoscratch provided me with a great opportunity to test out some of the images that we have both been working on. I deliberately avoided sequencing and wanted to engage in a discussion about the direction our new project could take. It has been really useful to question the strength of certain images as well as establish the key ones. We are very excited about the next stages for this project such as producing a photo-zine as well as an exhibition linked to film installation. We would like to thank the organisers for attracting us to this format, the attendees for their warm and constructive feedback, and the participating photographers for their support during the event. We very much look forward to the next one.’ – Che Kevlin