International Pinhole Photography Day April 26th 2015

PCNS celebrated International Pinhole Photography Day with a workshop where people gathered to make their camera from a box then take their photographs. Most attending hadn’t tried this before and it was pleasing to see children and young people attending with their parents and carers. It was a great lively day and thanks go for all the work put in voluntarily by members of PCNS who shared their skills.

Below are just a few photographs from the day and a small selection of the pinhole photographs. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 and at events coming up with PCNS throughout the year.

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World Pinhole Photography Day 26th April 11am Burslem School of Art

PCNS will be running a Pinhole Photography day on 26th April at Burslem School of Art from 11am to 1pm.


On Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day the Photographers Collective North Staffordshire will be holding a pinhole photography workshop. Bring along a container that can be made light tight. We will show you how to turn it into a camera and make your own images from it on paper negatives.

The cost will be £5

To book e-mail –

Childhood – Jenny Harper


‘Childhood’ is an exhibition of documentary photographs of child life taken by Staffordshire photographer, Jenny Harper (who won the 2014 PCNS Open). It is a collection of black and white, candid, environmental portraits of her children. The exhibition will take place in the PCNS Gallery at Burslem School of Art from 31st March until 29th May 2015, with the Opening taking place on Tuesday 31st March at 6:30pm. An accompanying workshop on photographing your children in this style is being planned to take place in May.

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Half Mile – Tim Diggles Exhibition


Half Mile – Photographs of Tunstall by Tim Diggles

20th January until 20th March 2015

Half Mile brings together a small selection of photographs from projects Tim has been working on over the past two years. They are taken within the confines of his one-bedroomed flat or a half a mile radius of that flat.

A return walk within half a mile of his flat is roughly the limit to his physical abilities, this necessity has condensed his experience, the limitations allowing an intensity of seeing, exploring the often missed object, place, corner, colour.

Tim Diggles’ work is not commenting or judging, there is no statement being made or position taken. In his photography he is attempting to show what he is seeing, noticing, glancing out of the corner of his eye – the combinations of light, colour, form creating compositions where the content matters little.

Tim began taking photographs in 1970 at Leek School of Art, then did a degree in Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art. He has worked in the arts and as an artist since then.

His Half Mile exhibition includes 10 photographs from Flat Life, which is a completed series of 200 photographs, exploring the compositional possibilities of light and form within his one-bedroomed flat at different times of day and night. Many of the others are from his ongoing Streets project in which he is photographing all 122 streets, roads and lanes within a half-mile radius of where he lives. Tim’s interest lies not in those who live there but in what those people have done to their environment, the attempts to be individual, to show a front, to adapt what has been left by others. He finds most interesting walking along roads which are usually rushed along unseen, finding the places of interaction between the traveller and the static, the place where older paths are cut through and replaced by new. Where nature has retaken the battleground.

On 22nd February Tim will be leading a Photowalk in Tunstall going to some of the places featured in Half Mile, contact him on for more details. A catalogue is also available view online or download at, and on his blog you will find many more many more photographs and his writing at

You also have a chance to WIN one of Tim’s framed prints by writing about one of the photographs! You can write a critique, make it part of a story, write about a memory it invokes, a poem, a description of what you are seeing, anything you like in any genre. Tim will select one entrant to receive a print. The deadline is Friday March 13th. To enter send your writing as an attachment or in the body of an e-mail to

PCNS 2014 Open – Selfies!

Opening 10th November 2014 running until February 2015

Entries November 3rd and 4th at Burslem School of Art or by post.


The 2014 Open is for Selfies or to be a bit more formal Self Portraits. There will be three prizes of Amazon Vouchers the winner receiving £30!

Self Portraiture has been a feature in photography since the earliest days and today with millions of mobile phones a feature for people of all ages. So we want to see your self-portrait. It can be you on your own or with as many people as can fit in the frame. We want photographs with a maximum of 6″x4″ which means almost everyone will be able to enter and mounted on card or foamboard (that can be done by us at a charge of £2.50). Last year it was great to see the variety of work within such a small print size.

So, lets see how inventive you can be. For full details download the leaflet and the entry form. We look forward to see your photographs!