In July I carried out an informal art experiment to let go of my son’s shoes from the age of 2-8. The shoe collection had been held on to, photographed and used in drawings as an ongoing project throughout that time.
Since early 2015 I have been working alongside Fi Backhouse to facilitate a photography club for year 5 and 6 pupils at Berger Primary School. During that time we have found it amazing to see the different way that pupils relate to taking photographs. Some approach the activity very seriously, grasp technical aspects of photography with confidence and then take their time waiting for specific moments and carefully selected shots. Others have fun with the camera, take their photographs quickly, snap excitedly and move on to different subjects in an instant. Continue reading “Berger Photography Club exhibition at Well Street Kitchen”
In a letter written before her death in 1992 Jo Spence asked that people celebrate her birthday annually on June 15th. Today to celebrate the lasting impact of her life and work I am posting this article making connections between her inspiring autobiography Putting Myself in the Picture, her desire to take power over her own representation and a library of books which she collected in her lifetime.
Spence’s legacy is not only as a photographer but also as a writer who overcame her fears of revealing her class origins and being “found out” to be able to represent her ideas and tell her own story.
In recent years I have had the privilege to be able to sort through Spence’s considerable library of books and other material which was donated to Birkbeck College’s History and Theory of Photography Research Centre by one of her former collaborator’s, Terry Dennett.