Photography Open Day – 26th May 2018

Our next open day is just around the corner, on the 26th May, and we are so excited that it will be based around photography in all its wonderful forms. On the day you will be able to learn more about early photography and the Camera Obscura, see our exhibition of photography and collage, and take part in some hands on workshops. Read on to find out all about how you can get involved…

Boundary Way’s Camera Obscura

The day will be kicking off with a talk by Ann Walker exploring the early history of photography. This is an exciting opportunity to discover the origins of photography from the palaeolithic Camera Obscura, to the first photographs created by Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins. We will also explore an alternative theory surrounding Camera Obscuras, which will draw on the insights of Historian Jonathan Crary. Ann has a rich knowledge of the history surrounding photography and is an international artist with passion for Camera Obscuras. This really is an opportunity not to miss.

Ann was instrumental in the creation of our project and the shed camera obscura that sits proudly at the top of our site, as a place for people to quietly contemplate and connect to nature. As well as sharing her knowledge with us at our Open Day, Ann will also be teaching you how to create your own magical origami Camera Obscura, through which you can experience the beautiful gardens at Boundary Way in an intimate and extraordinary way. You can book onto Ann’s History of Photography Talk and Workshop here.

Shed Camera Obscura and Portable camera obscura in 2016

Shed Camera Obscura and Portable camera obscura in 2016

Alongside Ann’s wonderful discovery workshop, we also have plenty more going on. Artist Laura Hickman will be returning to Boundary Way to help you to discover cameraless photography and create your own prints using found natural objects at Boundary Way, in her Sunprint Workshop.

You will be able to explore the power of the sun using natural objects, the sun, water and a process dating back to the 1840s to make your own magical blueprint. This is such an exciting workshop, which has been hugely successful at our previous Open Days and we are really excited to welcome Laura back for more arts and nature fun.

Example of a Sunprint

Example of a Sunprint

Click here to book for Ann’s History of Photography Talk and Workshop and here for Laura’s Sunprint Workshop.

Portrait of Plotholder Richard, by Geoff Broadway

Portrait of Plotholder Richard, by Geoff Broadway

Workshops aren’t the only thing that will be going on at Boundary Way on 26th May! We will also be having an exhibition of artwork created by pupils from Penn fields School. The beautiful artwork that was inspired by our site as part of their study towards Arts Award will be on display in the polytunnel. The work is full of colour and follows the theme of Sensing Nature. Alongside Penn Fields Work, we will also be displaying a selection of Plotholder Portraits, taken by photographer and filmmaker Geoff Broadway. These are fantastic photographs that really capture the essence of Boundary Way and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Student Nature Collages

Penn Fields Student Nature Collages

Finally, if all of that wasn’t enough, there will be a chance to visit and find out more about our shed Camera Obscura. And with Ann Walker, the shed obscura’s creator, with us on the day it will be a visit to remember.

All this wonderful activity is made possible thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding.

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