Lens Think Yorkshire is run by Jo Coates who shared work at Photo Scratch earlier this year. This Christmas gathering sounds like a festive treat!
L E N S T H I N K Y O R K S H I R E
C H R I S T M A S E V E N T – S H E F F I E L D
30th November 2017
Event starts: 6.45pm
Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Road, Sheffield
Thursday November 30th will see the very last social of 2017 for Lens Think Yorkshire, A bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. The night will see a trio of talented speakers, talking about how they make it work in Photography. Photographers from across Sheffield will take to the intimate venue of Hagglers Corner for an informal night to celebrate Lens Think’s first year.
Al Brydon is a UK based photographer and co-founder of the Inside the Outside collective.He currently resides in South Yorkshire, on the edge of the Peak District. This relatively recent move back to his home triggered connections with the landscape in ways he never realised were possible. The landscape and the long departed people who lived and worked within it sing songs. He’s trying to learn to listen.
Darren O’Brien is a Sheffield based Documentary photographer and photojournalist currently working for Guzelian Photo agency. His work regularly appears in the national press including the guardian, the times and the daily Telegraph. Darren has exhibited across the UK and his project “Anywhere But Home” was published as a book by Brown Owl Press.
Chelsea Abbot is a recent graduate of Sheffield Hallam university where she won the Best in Show award for her work.
Alongside the talks will be a festive print swap and the chance to meet talent from across the region – and you’re invited to come and take a look.
“Hate Hurts is a project with a two sided approach. On the one side, it aims to document physical, psychological and even bureaucratic violence migrants and refugees experience across various European countries. At the same time, it reaches out to the host communities and investigates conditions that fuel the emergence of xenophobia, racism and violence.” European Council for Refugees and Exiles.
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We’re delighted to hear about this new podcast from Jess McDermott and Kate O’Niell, both huge supporters of what we do at Photo Scratch and responsible for The Old Girls Club as well as being excellent photographers in their own rights. If you’re a fan of podcasts this is sure to become a favourite as the episodes roll out. Some of you will remember Jess’ work from an earlier edition of Photo Scratch.
Scenario is a brand new podcast bringing you the hidden stories from behind the camera.
Creator and host Jess McDermott, follows six different photographers as they embark on their journeys, capture untold stories and handle the unexpected.
Episode 1 – The Penfriend – features Clare Hewitt, an incredibly talented photographer and all-round wonderful person, and her landscape photography project with a twist. She is making work for her penfriend Duke, to put up on the walls of his cell on Death Row in Kentucky, USA. You can start listening now via Scenario website or downloading from iTunes.
The podcast series is the result of over a year of hard work and determination. Jess is assisted behind the scenes by Kate O’Neill as producer as well as a team of creatives – Silje Aura, Daniel Drever and Steven Parker -who have all volunteered their time and wonderful talents!
You can support the podcast on THUNDERCLAP – it’s quick and free. You just pledge a TWEET or FACEBOOK post (already written) and all posts are timed to go out together to create one almighty buzz to attract even more wonderful listeners.
JESS – Creator + Host:
Born in London, Jessica headed north after school to study Visual Communication at the Glasgow School of Art. She graduated in 2008, specialising in photography, and then stayed on in Glasgow for a further four years, taking on a number of large commissions. These included a legacy project for Scottish Opera, which is now on permanent display in the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Her work has been featured by The Guardian, Time Out, The Huffington Post, the BBC andThe Photographers’ Gallery online. Her first photography book Females Of The Fringe depicts female comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe and through interviews with the performers discusses the role of gender in comedy. She has been working with co-producer Kate O’Neill since joining The OGC, in 2016. She is a great lover of podcasts, listing among her heroes Starlee Kine and Ira Glass.
Kate BIO – Producer:
Photographer by trade, Kate has been working in the photography industry for over 10 years from shooting portrait and documentary photography to assisting fashion and fine art photographers across the UK & Ireland. Kate is Founder and Director of The OGC, an organisation that supports women in photography. She is also the co-founder of The Precursor Project , an ongoing documentary photography archive and publication. Currently Marketing & Partnerships Manager at Metro Imaging, she is embedded at the heart of the photographic community, supporting and encouraging emerging and existing artists through talks, workshops, portfolio reviews and mentorships!
I heard about Photo Scratch at Four Corners, where I am part of LCN (London Creative Networking) program. I decided to apply to showcase my unfinished project “Love, Sex & Relationships’.
I felt I was in need of feedback and conversations to understand how ‘others’ could perceive my project and personal message. The project is unfinished. It comprehends few sections on which I am working (video, photography, book). I feel it is a bit confusing at this stage, too many things together and I was looking for clearer advice on how to better organise my ideas.
I began this project in 2015 while I was in an abusive relationship for 9 months. I was consciously aware of the damage that I was doing to myself but I read somewhere that there is an opportunity in any problem we encounter.
I thought to get out from the anxiety caused by my relationships and I decided, as escape, to interview couples and individuals, mostly strangers or friends of friends, who are or were in a love, sex & relationships. I met 27 people, I asked all of them the same questions that were struggles for me at that moment of my life, collecting 40 hours of interviews, which I summarized in 6 hours of video editing, 17 pictures plus a video trailer of presentation, a book and a short video where I explain what I learn through the process of conversations of Love, Sex & Relationships.
What did I learn from this experience at Photo Scratch?
To start with, I am very happy for the feeling of intimacy that people perceived listening to the extract of video and the pictures that I selected. I saw that spectators were interested and touched by the stories presented. I was pleased for the interest showed, and some of them were queuing to watch the video, which made me proud.
After watching the interview, they were interacting with me, complementing and giving me feedback, either positive & negative and some precious advice that made me think that the project has potentiality to be presented in a gallery and in a book. Some of them told me how to organise the project in a gallery. That was funny but some good ideas came out. The editing needs to be cleaned, a much tighter edit and a much clearer narrative would help. I am aware about the length, none would watch 6 hours of video but at least I want to give 20 min of talk of each person interviewed as they gave me their precious time, their memories and they talk about very personal issues.
‘Excellent, just need more editing work….’
‘The video is really beautiful. You start listening not knowing what you are getting into and it becomes really intimate and you start to develop almost a personal connection with the people being interviewed, especially with the stories you can relate to…’
‘Very personal and intimate. How did you do to get connected in that way?”
‘Powerful, it is incredible how people open up to you…very real..I felt incredibly connected…’
‘Intimacy is very powerful. You breathe it… It is multimedia project, so probably it needs installation/exhibition/gallery. A limited edition of a book would work well’
‘Portrait are amazing…maybe bigger pictures would have work better…’… and more.
The total experience gave me more confidence in pursuing my dreams through my ideas. I have been working on this project for two years, I feel that it needs to be realised and now I am totally convinced that it will be successful. There are many obstacles in my way (editing, English correction, layout of the book, publishing, money etc…) and there is lot of work to do but I see all of them as an opportunity to grow up professionally and as a human being. Thank you Photo Scratch for the opportunity. It was a pleasure to be there.
On Monday 6th November 2017 we hosted a special edition of Photo Scratch at Four Corners in Bethnal Green in collaboration with the London Creative Network. It was a lovely night with nearly 100 people in attendance, and a great combination of regulars and new faces. Here are some photographs from the night…
(All photographs by Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz)