A right good idea!
Hours spent out exploring, often making images alone, and more hours spent at home processing your work and developing it in the dark room if you’re a film devotee, means photography can often be quite a solitary business. I find that’s the way of it for me. Professional documentary photographers and news agency togs will have a more engaged experience, of course – but it can still be a somewhat isolated affair, running your work as a freelancer.
So what a brilliant initiative by photographer Joanne Coates www.joannecoates.co.uk to set up Lens Think Yorkshire.
Lens Think is a bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North of England. Bringing ‘togs together and forging new friendships and ideas.
Went to the Sheffield social in November and had such a good time. Friendly folks working at all levels, and a relaxed night over drinks, and pictures, and stimulating talks.
Darren O’Brien www.darrenobrien.co.uk gave us an overview of his work as a news photographer, and his work when he’s out ‘in the wild’; Al Brydon www.al-brydon.com – who I’ve known through social media for a good while but had yet to actually meet – talked us through the fascinating solargraphs he’s made in recent years; and Chelsea Abbott www.chelsea-abbott.com – photographer and bruise collector – delighted in sharing her bruises with us and those of her team mates in an all-women roller derby team. A good deal of thought and conversation provoked!
And a print swap over the evening was a smashing idea. Embracing Christmas season Joanne arranged a swap: send in or bring a long a couple of your own prints, and get another photographer’s work in return. I was lucky to get two corkers made by Jason Carden and Eleri Norris.
Great to meet some lovely folks over the night, and to finally say hello to Al and Jo.
If you’re in Yorkshire and a snapper get involved.
Facebook – Lens Think Yorkshire
Instagram – @lensthinkyorkshire
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