Peter Spurgeon is a photographer based in Bristol working throughout the UK. He graduated from the MA in Documentary Photography in Newport in 2016 and shared this work-in-progress at Photo Scratch in July 2017.
My ‘Decoy’ project concerns a secret British Air Ministry project that took place during the Second World War. Sound City film studios in Shepperton was commissioned to design fake cities, airfields, docks and oil refineries. Fires and electric lights were used to make the dummy sites to look like real targets when viewed from the air at night. This was so that enemy bombs would be diverted away from the true targets. Today, only control bunkers remain at many of the sites as crumbling reminders of this forgotten endeavour. They sheltered the crew and housed generators for the lights. This simulation diverted 5% of enemy bombs away from their intended destinations.
I have used archive sources from the National Archives and the RAF Museum to better understand the sites and to give historical context to my images. I introduce theatrical lighting to animate the landscape and to evoke visual deception in war.
Photo Scratch was a great opportunity to share my project and to discuss it with a varied audience. Setting up during the afternoon was a chance to meet the other photographers and discuss their work. 6pm soon arrived and there was a real buzz as people arrived at the event. The atmosphere was energetic yet relaxed and it was rewarding to have some in depth discussions about my project. It was a good environment to see and discuss everyone’s work. The opportunity for visitors to leave written feedback is an effective way for photographers to gain constructive observations and criticism.
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Nick St. Oegger is a photographer from California, who more recently has been working in the UK after completing his MA at Westminster. He shared work-in-progress in the July 2017 edition of Photo Scratch. Here he shares some insight about the experience.
This was my second time participating in Photo Scratch and was another great evening. I shared a project I have been working on for a few months in Albania, about Europe’s last un-dammed river. I’ll be exhibiting the work in September and plan to start working on a book design, so it was a great opportunity to see the work on the wall and get some feedback. One of my favourite things about coming to Photo Scratch is meeting people who have no connection to photography and hearing their responses to the work. It makes for a relaxed environment where you still end up getting some great feedback and new perspectives on your work.
To see more of Nick’s work:
Photographer and regular attendee of Photo Scratch, Kathy Anne Lim is this week launching a new online photography magazine. The first edition will feature Simon Martin and Andreea Andrei among others, both of whom shared work at Photo Scratch in our April 2017 edition.
We’re excited to see what this new platform, focusing on analog photography, will bring! Read on for more details…
Losthenfound brings analog photography, to a digital audience. We aim to cultivate a digital lightbox of work based on ongoing projects from photographers. Creating a platform to showcase processes, projects and discuss philosophies of the medium. Based in London and accepting submissions worldwide.
Our website is launching on the 13th-15th of July 2017 at 12pm GMT, the first week of 3 image makers include Simon Martin, Andreea Andrei & Irene Gonzalez. Showcasing a breadth of work from social documentary, personal Polaroids to devastated landscapes.
Join us for the 10th edition of Photo Scratch!
Book your free ticket via THIS LINK.
Sharing work-in-progress will be:
Heather Agyepong – www.heatheragyepong.com
Lewis Bush – www.lewisbush.com
Scarlett O’Flaherty – www.scarlettoflaherty.com
Noela Roibás – www.noelaroibas.com
Peter Spurgeon – www.peterspurgeon.photo
Nick St Oegger – www.stoeggerphotography.com
Mariya Ustymenko & Che Kevlin – www.timeframearts.com
Post updated 24.06.17
Kevin Percival has shared work at Photo Scratch in January 2017 and July 2016. Very happy to share the news that Kev has an exhibition in Ullapool in Scotland!
He is also raising funding to publish a book of this work. Have a look and support if you can! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kevpphoto/tanera-ar-duthaich-a-photobook-about-a-scottish-is
Tanera (Ar Dùthaich) focuses on a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland, where I lived and worked for several years. The island had a very small population when I lived there, but has a particularly interesting and close relationship with the local mainland communities. Many have lived or worked on the island, on the fish farm in the bay, fishing or running tours in the waters around the Summer Isles archipelago. As such Tanera occupies a specific place in hearts, minds and mythologies of the local people. The photographs are a ‘portrait of place’, shown through the people and the marks and effects they have on the landscape around them. Given the island’s small size, these traces often exist together, in close proximity, so you can see the effects of families living on the land 200 years ago, right next to what is happening today. Visually I wanted to acknowledge the romanticism of the Scottish wilderness, but contrast that with modernity- emphasising that this is a current workplace and home. Rural populations in Britain seem under-represented, both politically and photographically, and I wanted to present a project which encourages conversation around rural living and issues.
Given the current divisions within the UK, I hope projects like this can find a new role in reminding us of both our differences and similarities. Ultimately seeing each-other, and how we live is the first step towards generating a better understanding.
Our friends and kindred spirits at Photo Forum are doing a folio review night. If you haven’t already made it to a Photo Forum, they are free talks from professional photographers on a monthly basis in East London, at The Print Space. They are always brilliant nights and free for all to attend. News of their Photo Forum Folio Social at the Reliance Pub on Old Street:
The Folio Social
Friday 23rd June, reviews 4-7pm followed by drinks until late.
The Reliance Pub, 336 Old St, EC1V 9DR
Our first ‘Folio Social’ is a chance to gain feedback on your work and get to know fellow Photo-Forum audience members. You are invited to bring portfolios, projects or work in progress to share one to one with peers, to get and give constructive feedback and to share ideas. Reviews will rotate every 20 minutes and there will be a few past speakers on hand to give ‘expert’ opinions on your work. All are welcome, bring a lot of work, a little or just bring yourself.
You are welcome to present your work in any format but we encourage the use of work prints rather than digital images if you are looking for help with sequencing or editing.
Let us know if you will be there by commenting with links to your work on the Facebook event
We’re always delighted to share news of photographers work being seen in the wider world. Hugh showed work in Photo Scratch in January 2017. His recent work in Japan has been features on the BBC In Pictures.
See the story here.