Changing Spaces- Photomonth 2014
- Date :
- 01 November 2014 - 02 November 2014
- Times :
- 12noon- 5pm
- Location :
- The Electrician's Shop
- Tickets :
- Further information :
- Opening reception Friday 31st October 4pm-8pm
New exhibition at The Electrician's Shop as part of East London International Photography Festival, Photomonth 2014.
Peter Mackertich is a great advocate of the silver halide process, hand printing with an enlarger on wheels in his darkroom. For Changing Spaces he has photographed creative practitioners, engineers and craftspeople here at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where the work will be exhibited in the Electrician’s Workshop - built in 1835, the year after pioneer Henry Fox Talbot claimed that he began successful image capture and the first creation of negatives. Mackertich’s practice using 5x4” Speed Graphic plate cameras has been celebrated by broadcaster Jonathan Meades, most recently in the BBC series on Brutalist architecture Concrete Poetry, broadcast in early 2014.
Anna Sherbany is a visual artist using photography and video to explore personal histories, public lives and private spaces. Her themes are movement, migration and memories challenging people’s understanding of identity, belonging, displacement and dislocation. Anna is an experienced facilitator, planning and delivering projects using photography as an educational tool, exploring themes and encouraging selfconfidence and a sense of belonging. She has worked with community centres and schools, refugees, elderly people and homeless groups. For this project she has worked with schoolchildren in the E14 area of Poplar and Leamouth to produce ‘rayographs’ - Anna’s work with Faraday School at Trinity Buoy Wharf introduces children to imagemaking with ‘sun-print photo’ paper (cyanotype) and ephemera found at the Wharf site.
Fenris Oswin’s 'Colourfields London' is a series of photographic projects inspired by the Colorfield paintings of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. In a desire to move away from modern ‘abstract photography’ Fenris went back to the roots of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. With this in mind, he started experimenting with different methods of reproducing a ‘colorfield effect’ - not using paint on canvas, but through photography. After months of experimentation, he reached a viable method of creating images that capture the feelings and emotions that he first experienced as a child staring up at an abstract expressionist painting on the wall. Since completing this first series, Fenris has continued to evolve the project using the Thames and its tributaries as a focus point. The Tamesas (the old Celtic name for the river meaning ‘Dark Water’) series examines the everchanging London lightscape and the variety of hues and textures to be found in the water itself and the architecture along its banks.
Photo: Richard Fearless by Peter Mackertich