Hello and welcome to our project blog! Please read this post first.

Angles of View is an exciting new arts project featuring traditional photography and other artwork inspired by photography and photographs.

The project is being run by Skippko, the Leeds-based community arts company, and Carers Leeds, who support Carers throughout the Leeds metropolitan area.

We will be looking at ideas and concepts around photography, for example:

  • Is photography art or documentary?
  • What does photography mean when it seems to be everywhere?
  • What is the role of traditional photography in a world where everyone has a camera phone?
  • How does photography relate to other visual art forms, such as painting or printing?
  •  What does a photograph say about its subject, about the person taking the image, and about the person viewing the image?

We hope that this blog will have lots of people contributing.  We will post what’s been happening in the sessions, and we’d like our readers to add their comments, or ask us questions.

We’re also hoping to have some good discussions on photography and photographs, so stay tuned for more information as it happens!

Note: click on any of the photos featured on this blog, to see a bigger version.

[Image of the Leeds skyline above from Leeds University.  Hope they don't mind us borrowing it too much!  We'll change it to an image from the project when it's up and running.]


And, a little late, introducing the theme of the the month for August: HOLIDAYS.

We’re hoping that this will get you all thinking: maybe you have a favourite photo from a holiday years ago?  Or maybe there’s a place you’d love to go to on holiday?  Or maybe you really don’t like holidays and there’s something you’d rather be doing instead?

Whatever that is, we want to know!  Send in your photos to the usual email address.


 mary holiday

“And the great day arrives, and…”

(Mary Johnson-Green)

More from Mary Johnson-Green below:


“We chose just the wrong day to go to Kirkstall Abbey…”


“More reflections down by the canal”

canal 3

“And another, I love the colours of this building”

canal 2

“And another…”

National Media Museum visit

Yes, it’s a bit late, but here at Skippko we thought we’d have a separate blog post for the Angles of View visit to the National Media Museum in Bradford, because the visit was all about photography, and we got some nice photos while we were there.  So if you came on the trip and you have anything you want to add to this  post, feel free to either add a comment or send in your photos.  Or why not write us a review?  We’ll be sure to share any comments with the staff at the Museum too.

So to start us off, here are  some photos from Sue at Skippko:









Competition Time – win £25!

Bradford Beck Photography Competition

What does Bradford Beck mean to you?

We are looking for photographs which reflect the enormous variety that can be found along the Beck river network, from quiet gentle streams, through wetlands and weirs, to the brick-lined culverts which take it to and from the city centre.

The competition is organised by Friends of Bradford’s Becks and is open to everyone except professional photographers.

There are 11 prizes of £25 to be won and the closing date is 31st August 2014.

Full details on our website. – http://bradford-beck.org/photography-competition/


Where to see photos…in July

Where to see Photography … in July

Please use the ‘Leave a reply’ comments box at the end of this post to add details of other photo themed events or exhibitions that you’d like to share – thank you. 


National Media Museum, Bradford

6 June – 3 August 2014

Landscapes of Le Grand Départ

Yorkshire’s dramatic and varied landscape and rich architectural heritage has long been a magnet for photographers. As the peloton snakes up the hills and down the dales, the riders will be cycling through beautiful scenery that, for over 150 years, has been captured in photographs that are now part of the National Media Museum’s collection.

Yorkshire’s dramatic and varied landscape and rich architectural heritage has long been a magnet for photographers. As the peloton snakes up the hills and down the dales, the riders will be cycling through beautiful scenery that, for over 150 years, has been captured in photographs that are now part of the National Media Museum’s collection.


Nature  Camera Action! – National Media Museum, Bradford

Try to imagine the deepest oceans, the coldest continents, the most fearsome animals – wildlife filmmakers and photographers have faced it all in the pursuit of the perfect shot. This summer, let us take you and your family on an incredible journey as you discover how programmes like Frozen Planet and Deadly 60 are made.

Come and be amazed by pictures of insect wings taken in the 1840s and try to spot the cameras disguised as animals. You will see how photographers and filmmakers capture sounds and speeds beyond our human senses, and how ‘spy cams’ allow us get up close and personal with predators.

The whole family can their hands on exhibits that demonstrate the challenges wildlife filmmakers face and how they overcome them. You will be able to pick up an explorer’s backpack full of tools to help discover this incredible world. You’ll also be able to pick up some simple tips and tricks to help you create amazing nature films on your own doorstep – upload them to the Nature Camera Action Flickr group and they could even feature in the exhibition!

With activities and events announced throughout the summer, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy together.



The 4 Elements, The Photographic Angle  

 Contact: Annainfo@thephotographicangle.co.uk

  1 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2AJ

Dates : 19th July – 23rd July 2014

Open : 10am – 3pm Daily

 Free Public Admission

This theme offers fresh insights into one or more of the four elements, earth, air, fire and water.  The Elizabethans believed that all ‘matter’ was composed of just these 4 elements. Whilst understanding has progressed since then with the discovery of the periodic table, they were long-held beliefs, going back to ancient civilisations.

Fast forward a few thousand years and this exhibition offers the opportunity to explore, visually, the multi-faceted nature and power of the 4 elements.  The universality of this theme reflects the worldwide distribution of our photographers and the range of locations which have provided inspiration for these striking images.

THE 4 ELEMENTS is a touring photographic exhibition created and supported by The Photographic Angle.

For more information see www.thephotographicangle.co.uk/exhibitions

 A NEW exhibition at the National Railway Museum in York is to feature the work of photographers who have captured ‘behind the scenes’ images of railway industry and manufacturing – on until sept 16th


Beyond the Border: New Contemporary Photography from Scotland
When 01/07/2014 10:00 – 27/09/2014 17:00
Where Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
Document Scotland 01st Jul – 27th Sep 2014 Sophie Gerrard, Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Stephen McLaren


Workshops, activities, competitions

Nature Camera Action! – The Secrets of Making Incredible Wildlife Films
When 18/07/2014 10:00 – 12/10/2014 17:00
Where National Media Museum

Nature Camera Action! Free Family Funday
When 19/07/2014 10:00 – 17:00
Where National Media Museum

Bradford Beck Photography Competition
When 20/06/2014 09:00 – 31/08/2014 23:30

‘In Bloom’ – Leeds City Council are running this great photo competition – see below separate blog entry for further details or click on poster link below

Photo comp poster (1)


Master Your Digital SLR – 20% OFF! – July only.
When 19/07/2014 10:00 – 20/07/2014 16:30
Where South Square Centre, Thornton, Nr Bradford

Professional Development with Document Scotland 
When 26/07/2014 11:00 – 13:00
Where Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD11SD

Permanent Collections


Impressions Gallery – photography that gets people looking, thinking and talking

Impressions Gallery

Centenary Square

Bradford BD1 1SD

+44 (0) 8450 515 882



National Media Museum, Bradford

The National Media Museum  is home to over 3.5 million items of historical and cultural significance, and our diverse Collection encompasses some of the finest and most compelling visual material to be found anywhere in the world.

Amongst the Collection are three pivotal firsts – the world’s earliest known surviving negative, the earliest television footage and the camera that made the earliest moving pictures in Britain.

National Media Museum,

West Yorkshire,

Galleries and Museum Shop open daily 10.00 – 18.00



Photography Groups


We are a new type of photo group set up to promote the development and sharing of better photography in Leeds and the surrounding region.

We do this through a mix of online and real world activities, including talks, presentations, workshops, photo walks and exhibitions. We invite all inquisitive photographers to join us.















Le Tour – Yorkshire – France – bikes – colours

Sneaking in a day early, here’s an update on the blog theme for July.  In celebration of Yorkshire  staging Le Grand Depart for the Tour de France cycle race this year, we’re welcoming photos on any of these related subjects:


We’re hoping that covers it for those of you who love sport, those who don’t, and anyone from Yorkshire!  Go for it!

And here are some Yorkshire photos to start you off:

swan lock duck

“Five Rise Locks,  Bingley, Yorkshire” (from Jean)


“Yellow window”

yellow bike

“Just another bike”


“Reflection in a glasses case”

(3 above photos from Mary Johnson-Green)

petit tour 1

petit tour 2

petit tour 3

“Le Petit Tour de Thornton”

(Anne at Skippko)

grand tour 1

grand tour 2

grand tour 3

“Le Grand Tour at Oxenhope”

(Anne at Skippko)


“Bouquet at wedding.  A beautiful demonstration of use of colour”

From Bev at Paces (Via Rozi at Skippko)


Yellow flower

(from Rozi at Skippko)

cath bike

Shadows and light – and a tiny cyclist!

(from Cath at Skippko)

elaine bike

More of the same tiny cyclist

(from Elaine at Skippko)






Grandstand view of Le Grand Depart

(from Mary Johnson-Green)

News for Wakefield photographers


We are very pleased to confirm that we are now putting the final pieces together for Wakefield’s community photography darkroom and camera club, having found the right city centre location and virtually all the equipment we need. We have been overwhelmed by the many generous donations and enthusiasm for getting this project off the ground and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped.

Its all incredible exciting and we hope to be fully up and running by August (once we have found a large sink!)


We will be offering workshops on photography, developing your own pictures and camera making

There will be talks, discussions and demonstrations

We have around 150 analogue cameras for people to use and experiment with

There are some exciting projects lined up for those who would like to be involved


At this stage we will only be offering black and white developing.


Our location will be at “Eye Wood’ – 12-14 Wood Street Wakefield. Eye Wood is a new retail, art and performance venue in the city offering affordable retail space for creatives to sell their art or vintage, a place for musical and spoken word performance, a place for workshops and talks plus much more..  We open fully from 30th June and have a launch planned for Friday 27th June.


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Hope to see you all soon


Wood Street Art Club/Eye Wood

Tel – 07426 036586

Competition time – win £100!

Leeds City Council are running this great photo competition – see below for details – good luck!

Photo comp poster (1)

Click on link above to see poster

Competition guidelines are as follows:

Here’s your chance to win £100 and have your photo included in the 2015 Leeds in Bloom Calendar. To celebrate our city’s fantastic parks and gardens we’re holding a photo competition. Just send us your snaps to be in with a chance to win.


We’re keeping up our Young Snappers category for 4-16 year olds, giving local schools the chance to benefit from additional prizes of horticultural gift vouchers worth £300.


Simply take a photograph capturing what “In Bloom” means to you. All we ask is that it’s taken in a Leeds City Council owned park, nature reserve, green space or waterway.


The photograph’s subject is completely up to you, but bear in mind that we need 12 seasonal scenes. It could be anything – a sports activity, wildlife, woodlands, a picnic scene or cultivated flowers. Whenever you’re out and about, look around you for inspiration and capture those prize winning shots on your camera or phone.


How to Enter

All you have to do is email your picture to richard.gill@leeds.gov.uk, with your name, address and telephone number. If you are 16 or under, please also tell us your age and the name of your school.


Or send us your photograph on a disk to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds LS12 5HA




* A name and contact address must be provided

* All images must be taken within the last 12 months

* Individual entries only (no group entries allowed)

* Images must be of a green space within the Leeds area

* Images must not be digitally manipulated

* The closing date for entry is Friday 26th September 2014




* 6 Adult winners (aged 17+) will each receive £100

* 6 Young Snapper winners (aged 4-16) will each receive £100

* Any winning Young Snapper entries sent in via a Leeds school will also receive £300 of horticultural gift vouchers for their school to spend

* The 12 winning entries will be used to create a 2015 calendar

For more information visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/inbloom, email richard.gill@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 237 5301