From Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August, Hush Puppies are hosting a photography event at the Old Truman's Brewery. You can take an interactive workshops hosted by a leading photographer, rent a 35mm film analogue camera and then be shown how to develop their photos in the Dark Room, check out the ever-growing gallery of analogue photography, and browse the pop-up vintage camera store from Films Not Dead. Booking is required for some aspects - see the Facebook event for more info on that.
"From Friday 23rd August – Monday 26th August, Hush Puppies – the creator of the original casual shoe - will be opening the doors of Truman Brewery and welcoming the creative and curious in for an exploration into traditional photography as part of their new pop-up Dark Room. Taking budding photographers back in time to the days of old school processes and analogue cameras, the vast space just off the vibrant Brick Lane, East London will reveal all.
Digital is left at the door as guests are invited to rent a 35mm film camera, hit the streets of London with their analogue in tow and on return personally process their own favourite image in the Dark Room with experts on hand to help guide people through the process.
Throughout the four days there will also be a line-up of dynamic experts hosting interactive workshops, these include learning how to make your own retro-pinhole camera, taking a tour with street photography experts whowill help you take the perfect picture and then take you back to the Dark Room to develop your masterpiece. As well as a pop-up classic camera store from photography specialists Films Not Dead.
London based film-maker and photographer Dean Chalkley will be exhibiting a sample of images from 'The Executioners', a new and previously unseen photographic essay that portrays members of an obscure renegade British Car Club. Dean comments: “If you are using film on a shoot there's always an element of surprise, anticipation and excitement. Nowadays so many images are viewed ‘On-screen’, which is all good, but the beauty and physicality of a real photographic print and conventional photographic process is still a very special thing – I’d definitely encourage everyone to experience it.
“And I’m delighted to be displaying this series of images at the Dark Room. I had to think differently on this shoot, relinquish a bit of control, but this slightly different approach has reignited my appreciation of doing things this way. I hope it will produce similar feelings in those getting involved and taking part in the Dark Room”.
Photographer and award-winning fine art printer Debbie Sears will be running the Dark Room, she comments: “There is a current trend for more traditional photography so the Hush Puppies Dark Room could not have come at a better time. We want to encourage digital users toexperience the magical workings of analogue photography - it’s a greatopportunity to learn a new skill. Professionals of the photographic industrywill be on hand to guide those who enter the dark room through each procedure, revealing the traditional methods used to achieve great imagery. For anyone who enjoys taking pictures this is an opportunity not to be missed”.
As part of the Dog Day’s series, the Dark Room opens its doors to celebrate traditional photography and the value of capturing imagery through film – where every snap counts! Hush Puppies encourages people to capture the sights of the city and indeed their own Dogs Days this summer."
When - Friday 23rd - Monday 26th August
Where - The Old Trewman Brewery, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Bring - Camera, or Deposit for camera rental
Link 1 - Facebook
Link 2 - Facebook event
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