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Exhibition review: Wish You Were Here – postcards from the edge

The HiveArts opening night for this fine exhibition had shifted to Friday from the usual Thursday, but no issue to finish work and get down there.

As per my previous piece, there have been many weeks to prepare the alternative gallery space for this exhibition in partnership with the Photo North Festival. A better venue to celebrate photography of the British seaside experience could not have been chosen.

The exhibition is described as a warm and friendly invitation to seaside themed exhibition celebrating the beauty, charm and often faded glamour of the seaside through the lens of talented photographers.

On arrival the gallery was quite humming with people viewing the pics, chatting earnestly and sipping the complimentary wine. The new decor was setting off the work nicely. A good selection of work, including local photographers some of whose shows I’ve reviewed on this site previously, was on display.

The clothes worn in some of these pictures showed that some were quite old images, but none the worse for that. They well caught the almost surreal atmosphere of the British seaside resort. As ever I enjoyed the contrast between colour and black and white images.

Although I was unable to make this due to domestic duties, Saturday 5th August featured a series of talks from featured photographers, imparting some of their inspiration and secrets.

I will be making the Ilford/HiveArts photo walk on 12th August. This will start with a presentation on the fine and suddenly exotic art of film photography in the gallery. Then two experienced street photographers will lead the walk through Blackpool. Participants get a goodie bag including a film to use in their (or a borrowed) camera. I like my digital camera, but I think there’s nothing quite like the feel and discipline of film, particularly black and white.

The show will be open at the Hive, Church Street venue every day between 10:30 and 16:00 up to the 14th August, with Hive team members to advise and assist. Give this excellent exhibition a look.

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    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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