Group: Maps & Mapping
Method: Collective Photography
Description of Method:
Engaging with the urban environment through film and photography - using cameras, smart phones or disposable cameras. Groups walk around the local area recording the features, views and moments they are interested in and drawn to. Returning to the Urban Room they share these recordings, discuss and reflect upon them, and work with Urban Room facilitators to exhibit them in the Urban Room. Consider offering photographer-led workshops where people can learn specific photography skills and techniques while also mapping their urban environment.
Purpose of Method:
For local people to record what they value in their local area and to share this with others. To reveal information that can otherwise be ignored or under- valued yet has significance for individuals or specific groups. To create a living archive of an area that can accumulate over time in an Urban Room and communicate the diversity and richness of a place.
Suitable for a wide audience of all ages. Consideration needs to be given to accessibility for people with limited abilities and to inclusion for people who need support to use the cameras.
Blackburn is Open
This exhibition ‘Hidden Blackburn’ showcased photography of the town as part of the Blackburn is Open Urban Room programme.