Thursday, 23 February 2017

Full Fathom Five news & gallery updates

Morning everyone,

now that the second week of Celia Jackson's solo exhibition has started, we have a couple of updates for you.

First of all, here's some more info about Sana Ginwalla's charity project supported by the sale of postcards with images from "Full Fathom Five" (they've been designed by Sana and Celia & are available in our gallery for 50p each - or if you'd like to order some, just drop us an email!)

(photo by Celia Jackson)

"As part of my Final Major Project, I decided to create photographs back home in Zambia with the very people who make Zambia feel like it is my home. I photographed six people that my family employ. My subjects were the maids and gardeners whom I see everyday, who take care of my family as well as theirs and who live two lives for the sake of making a livelihood.

Photographing them over a period of four weeks and also visiting their homes and families, the reality of their situation was made more apparent to me than in all ten years of knowing them. Though employed and cared for by my family, I felt a sort of responsibility and debt towards each person. I want to help in my own way, separate from my what my family has been providing.

Carrying out this project- as a student myself- has given me the consciousness to want to help others to receive an education too. I want the children of each of the subjects in my photographs to receive an education. I want their parents to have one less outgoing cost in order for their standard of living to improve even if it is by the slightest.

Speaking to each of the subjects about their situation, the universal reason behind why each of them work comes down to them wanting to educate their children so that they do not have to resort to domestic work too. Having lived in Zambia all my life, this to me seems to be the way forward- for not just these families, but on a greater scale- for the country too. How are children, Zambia or Africa going to progress and continue to be an asset to the world if the promise and security of education is absent?

With the generosity and support of my lecturer Celia Jackson, funding for this project has already begun! She has been the first donor, kindly contributing first with a £50 donation and furthermore from selling postcard prints of her images. The aim is to be able to raise at least £1000 in order to suffice for the children of each of the subjects involved in the project. Liaisons with more charities are underway as I hope to have an official organisation to support the project in order to further raise money."


We'd also like to let you know our darkroom has now been listed on Ilford's Local Darkroom page! (It's a very useful one for finding a darkroom near you) We're looking forward to meeting photographers and beginners who would like to use it. We have trays, chemicals and a colour enlarger which can also be used for b&w & it can be used for 35mm and medium format (up to 6x9), soon to be joined by a 4x5" one. We also have paper, although if you'd like to do a big printing session, you'll have to bring your own!

Finally, we'd like to share a brilliant invention brought to us by one of our visitors, Adrian John Markey - behold this homemade portable studio/outdoors lighting system! Patent pending :-)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

first Full Fathom Five week

Good evening,

Yesterday was the final day of our first week at both our new 76m2 gallery and "Full Fathom Five". It's been a great first week and it's surpassed our expectations, we couldn't have hoped for a better start to the project. The people in Pontypool have been welcoming, enthusiastic and complimentary about what we're trying to achieve and Celia's exhibition. Here are some photos from the first week.

Saturday was also the #LovePontypool and once again Celia joined us at the gallery. There were lots of events going on in town and the Indoor Market and we were lucky enough to be able to spend the morning with Celia taking some pinhole images in town and the park. The results were mixed, but then it was our first time and Celia's first time using b/w direct positive paper for pinhole making, the overcast weather didn't much help either (average exposure time was about 10 minutes). You can see the results of our experiments developed in our new on-site darkroom below. 

And finally, we have some beautiful postcards made by Celia & Sana Ginwalla for the exhibition that will be on sale at the gallery for 50p each. All the money from sales will go to a charity dedicated to help Zambian children access education and we will soon post more details about the fundraiser.

A big thanks to everyone who made the effort to come up to Pontypool this week, to the people in Pontypool for their warm welcome and of course to Celia!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Full Fathom Five opening

Morning everyone,

Here are some photographs from Saturday's opening of Celia Jackson's solo exhibition "Full Fathom Five", the first show in 76m2, our new gallery in Pontypool. Celia joined us for the opening, bringing her pinhole cameras and negatives.

Celia presenting one of her pinhole cameras and negatives 

Exhibition info is also available as an audio recording in English and Welsh,
kindly read for us by Celia and her daughter Clara.

We'd like to thank everyone who came despite the wintry weather!

Next Saturday, as part of the Love Pontypool event, Celia will be in the gallery with us again; we're going to join the celebrations in town & venture out on a pinhole-taking walk, while the gallery will be open as usual between 11 to 6. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about pinhole photography!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

last preparations for Saturday's opening!

Evening everyone,

as we're preparing for Saturday's opening of 76m2, we'd like to share a couple more images from the preparation of our gallery space and Celia Jackson's exhibition Full Fathom Five.

 The show and the gallery are opening at 2 o'clock and everyone is welcome to come along!!