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!

[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.]

Photography in April

Where to see Photography ….in April

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.

 

Where to go in April … exhibitions

 Thirteen by George Chakravarthi

When 20/03/2014 10:00 – 14/06/2014 18:00
Where Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford

Textile Art Group/Halifax Photographic Society Collaboration Exhibition
When 25/01/2014 10:00 – 26/04/2014 16:00
Where Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Collaboration exhibition on the theme of ‘My Yorkshire’.

He – River Together
When 04/04/2014 18:00 – 14/06/2014 17:00
Where The Touchstones Gallery, the Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ

The free entry exhibition presents photography, films, hand-drawings and objects as a re-enactment of Yan Preston’s performance works made in China.

As part of Preston’s ongoing exploration into the myths of Chinese people’s Mother River – the Yangtze, the works share with the audiences her attempt to be ‘one’ with the mighty waterway.

 

Where to go in April … workshops

The Same but Different Art Fair – portrait photography
When 13/04/2014 14:00 – 15:00
Where Temple Newsam House , Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS15 0AE

Do you want to take great family portraits to keep for life and visually record the family growing? well then this course will enable you to confidently compose and direct your models, whether that be indoors or outdoors – using the natural light to your advantage. practicing on each other, you will take pictures both in the grounds and in temple newsam house.

Offer guidance and advice on how to achieve the best portraits is Ness Cohen. Ness is a professional freelance creative photographer. She’s taken many portrait pictures and wants to share her useful knowledge of this category with you, to instil and improve on your photography (whatever your level).

Note: you will need to bring your own camera, any size, shape, model.
£15

 

The Same but Different Art Fair – killer tips for taking amazing photos
When 13/04/2014 12:00 – 13:00
Where Temple Newsam House Classroom, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS15 0AE

Photographs are the most precious reminder of something or somewhere special, so it’s important that they’re as good as they possibly can be. Believe it or not, you don’t necessarily need to spend hundreds of pounds on an amazing all singing, all dancing, professional camera, to take great photos.

A little knowledge and some crafty adjustments around how you take your shots can make a huge amount of difference to the quality of the finished product. Using the beautiful grounds of temple newsam as our subject, Ness Cohen will offer some tips and advice on how to take a great picture.

As a professional freelance creative photographer she has travelled far and wide including working with STA travel as a photographer for the images in their europe brochure.

Note: you will need to bring your own camera, any size, shape, model

£15

 

 

Digital Photography Midweeker
When 08/04/2014 10:00 – 09/04/2014 16:30
Where South Square, Thornton, Bradford

The Digital Photography Weekend covers all the essential information you need to put you firmly on the road to becoming a competent digital photographer. The courses takes you step by step through all the essential tools and techniques to give you a solid understanding of how your camera works and how best to use it. We investigate all the key camera settings to give you even greater control of your camera and help you to take great shots.

These friendly, fun and informal courses are an excellent balance of theory and practice. The maximum of 6 people on each course enables individual attention.

Try before you buy. If you haven’t yet bought a camera or are about to upgrade to a DSLR, you can borrow one for the course – how good is that!

“An excellent course. As a relative beginner with a Canon EOS 600D I was keen to learn to move away from the automatic mode. The thought of ploughing through the manual filled me with dread – I needed to be shown what to do. Tony, the course leader, was brilliant. His friendly and supportive approach meant that the group members were able to assimilate the information and have the opportunity to practise what we had been shown. The small group size was a real bonus. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. I feel that I now have the confidence to use my camera in manual. I understand so much more, not only about the technical aspects of the camera, but about elements such as composition etc.”

 

 

 

Permanent Collections

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

Impressions Gallery

Centenary Square

Bradford BD1 1SD

+44 (0) 8450 515 882

http://www.impressions-gallery.com/

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.

Choose from the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections to explore an online selection of artefacts.

National Media Museum,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ

Galleries and Museum Shop open daily 10.00 – 18.00

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/

Photography Groups

EXPOSURE LEEDS

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.

http://exposureleeds.org/

 

Places

Hi everyone.  Happy April!  No fooling – this month’s theme is PLACES.

Feel free to interpret the theme in any way you like.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with…and here are a few photos to start you off, from Sue at Skippko:

 

PLACES

paris

Paris, from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral.  Lucky gargoyles, looking out at this view every day…

newcastle

Who says the North East isn’t beautiful? Have they ever been to Newcastle on a sunny day?

atlanta

A night-time baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.  The Atlanta Braves beat the Cleveland Indians.  There’s something magical about summer sports under floodlights…

york

The Ouse gets really high when it rains a lot…York, from City Screen cinema, overlooking the river.

 

And from Mary Johnson-Green, a great action shot:

hospital

Mary says: “We went to a hospital visit armed with grown up camera with the intention of visiting the hospital roof top garden and get some photos of Leeds. But the SIM card had been removed. This shot was taken with an I-pad.”

trinity

“Me at the Trinity Centre last year” (Mary Johnson-Green)

Photography in March

Where to see Photography ….in March

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.

 

Where to go in March … exhibitions

 Thirteen by George Chakravarthi

When 20/03/2014 10:00 – 14/06/2014 18:00
Where Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford

Exhibition: Claire Hope | GROUP PHOTO 
When 13/02/2014 17:00 – 13/03/2014 18:00
Where Gallery II, University of Bradford

Textile Art Group/Halifax Photographic Society Collaboration Exhibition
When 25/01/2014 10:00 – 26/04/2014 16:00
Where Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Collaboration exhibition on the theme of ‘My Yorkshire’.

 

 

Events and workshops

Walking Photographer Tours: Get a Grip Photography Course
When 22/03/2014 10:00 – 16:30
Where St Mary’s Parish Centre, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley LS29 7JL
Learn how to take your camera off auto and discover the secrets to great photography

I’ve Got A dSLR – HELP! 2
When 26/03/2014 10:00 – 16:30
Where South Square, Thornton, Bradford, BD13

 

 

Permanent Collections

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

Impressions Gallery

Centenary Square

Bradford BD1 1SD

+44 (0) 8450 515 882

http://www.impressions-gallery.com/

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.

Choose from the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections to explore an online selection of artefacts.

National Media Museum,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ

Galleries and Museum Shop open daily 10.00 – 18.00

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/

Photography Groups

EXPOSURE LEEDS

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.

http://exposureleeds.org/

Beginnings

February marks the real beginning of the ‘Angles of View’ project.

We’ll be running the first of our darkroom sessions and meeting groups and individuals for the first time. Many carers are getting to hear about the project, the opportunities and the creative fun to be found in photographs and in taking them.

To celebrate this we are inviting you to submit photos you’ve taken which reflect the theme ‘BEGINNINGS’

Just email them to AnglesofView@skippko.org.uk and we’ll add them to the blog for you. If you’d like to add a bit of background info about your photo we can add that too.

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February Flowers – beginnings of spring, perhaps…?

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This snap was taken of snowdrops the morning after the storm with snow on the ground.  My little camera struggled to cope with the quivering flowers and the dazzling morning sun, but I quite like effect, despite it being a little blurred! (There’s no rules here!)

 

The BEGINNING of a new plant.

spider plant cutting

“This is a photograph of a spider plant cutting, given to me by a neighbour a couple of weeks ago” says Mary Johnson-Green.

 

The BEGINNING of spring

plant

“I’m not a great gardener and I don’t know the name of this tree which is now flowering in my garden… As you can see, the whole flower head is BEGINNING to burst into flower.” (Mary Johnson-Green.)  Does anyone out there know what kind of tree this is?  Let us know below in the comments.

This bush is BEGINNING to burst into flower as well

bush

photo by Mary Johnson-Green

Two beautiful shots from the BEGINNING of the day, also from Mary Johnson-Green:

grass  grass 2

Mary says: “These photos were taken early morning when the sun melted the frost from the lawn and it sparkled like a million diamonds.”

Some photos from Penny, one of Skippko’s artists:

river beginning  “A new river beginning”

frogspawn

“Frogspawn always means everything has begun again.”

footprints

“Fresh footprints in the snow at the start of a new day.”

RED

Your challenge is to photograph the colour RED – well it is the romantic month, isn’t it?!

Simply grab your camera or phone and take a  snap of something, anything RED!

We’ll be adding all your RED photo contributions to this post, so email them to us at AnglesofView@skippko.org.uk and we’ll do the rest.
(If you wish, you can also send us a brief bit of text about your image)

meadows 004 Here’s one I took earlier  (last summer!) – beautiful red poppies in a meadow

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Thanks Rozi for your RED contributions!

 

Everyone, meet Red!

red

Until recently he was my cat.  He’s a pedigree Bengal, with beautiful markings.  His full name was something much longer and more complicated, but he’s always known as Red.  I had to re-home him because I was allergic to him, but I know where he went and that he’s happy – Sue from Skippko.

Every picture tells a story …

cottingley fairies

 

 

The famous Cottingley Fairies photographs were taken by two children in 1917 and had many people fooled for many decades.  It wasn’t until 1980 that the pair admitted that the photographs had been staged. (Although one of the women still maintained that one of the photos was genuine.)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies

The original photographs  and the two cameras the girls used are now on display at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Cottingley, on the outskirts of Bradford  now has a new housing estate with aptly named streets right next to the wooded valley where the girls had fun with their cameras in the early 1900s.

cottingley sign

 

(photo credit – Peter Hughes)

Could you fool us, with a few props and a camera, I wonder?

Have fun discovering and remember a ‘camera never lies’!!

SPOILER ALERT

(the fairies were actually cardboard shapes cut from one of the girls books – sorry folks!)

Where to see Photography ….in February

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.

Where to go in February … exhibitions

WE ARE ALIVE AGAIN: performance alchemy and collage
When 01/02/2014 11:30 – 13:30
Where Fabric Arts Lab, Broadway, Bradford BD1 1HA
Collaboration and play with family photographs

Hothouse Bradford
When 08/02/2014 10:30 – 16:30
Where Impressions Gallery Centenary Square Bradford, BD11SD
Hothouse Bradford will be an exciting day of photography, a showcase of creative talent and a hive of photographic activity.

Textile Art Group/Halifax Photographic Society Collaboration Exhibition
When 25/01/2014 10:00 – 26/04/2014 16:00
Where Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Collaboration exhibition on the theme of ‘My Yorkshire’.

RE: COLLECTIONS by Liza Dracup
When 14/12/2013 13:00 – 02/03/2014 16:00
Where Manor House Art Gallery & Museum, Castle Yard, Ilkley, LS29 9DT telephone: 01943 600066
Photographic exhibition.

“Day Dreaming About The Good Times?”
When 10/12/2013 11:00 – 08/03/2014 18:00
Where Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD
This is the international premiere of Reas’ first major retrospective.

Permanent Collections

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

Impressions Gallery

Centenary Square

Bradford BD1 1SD

+44 (0) 8450 515 882

http://www.impressions-gallery.com/

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.

Choose from the National Photography, National Cinematography, National Television and National New Media Collections to explore an online selection of artefacts.

National Media Museum,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ

Galleries and Museum Shop open daily 10.00 – 18.00

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/

Photography Groups

EXPOSURE LEEDS

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.

http://exposureleeds.org/