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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. A catalogue is also available view online or download at issuu.com/timdiggles/docs/catalogue, and on his blog you will find many more many more photographs and his writing at timdiggles.wordpress.com.
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 email@example.com.
Jenny Harper was awarded First Prize in the 2014 PCNS Open ‘Selfies’ with this photograph, Soul Meets Body. To find out more about Jenny’s work go to her site jennyharperphotography.com