Blackpool Photography and Diorama Workshop - Mark Page

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154-158 Church St

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Join photographer Mark Page for a day in the imaginary seaside town of Sodley-on-Sea – the home of Page’s satirical view of British society, documentary photography and gallery culture.

Sodley-on-Sea is a photographic social documentary series about a British seaside town that only exists in Pages’ mind created from his sideways look at life in the UK. Sodley is made up of images sourced from other people’s photographs on the Internet that are printed, physically cropped and then used to build models that are photographed before being destroyed. Throughout November and December Page is creating 10 new Sodley works for exhibition in Manchester and Blackpool and wants the public of Blackpool to help.

The idea for Sodley-on-Sea follows a long tradition of British Documentary photography, from Tony Ray Jones to Martin Parr, where the photographer has focused, sometimes sneeringly, on seaside towns to explore the idiosyncrasies of British life.

It also looks at what photography has become. In the last decade low-cost digital image making has automated much of the photographic process leading to an avalanche of images that fill the internet. This has prompted a battle cry from German artist Joachim Schmid: “No more new photographs until all the old ones are used up” and it is with this manifesto ringing in Page’s ears that Sodley-on-Sea was born.

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During the one-day workshops Page will introduce the history of British Seaside Photography and invite the public to join him on a walking tour around Blackpool to inspire a sideways view of the stereotypical and the authentic.

Finally, using Google image search to create new, slightly skewed visions of these places, the group will source images to make a diorama that draws together the fantasy and the reality of British seaside places before photographing the new location and destroying the images ‘used up’.

Suitability: Adults only - No previous experience required.

Equipment: A camera is not required for this workshop. A limited number of computers will be available but participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with them.

This project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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154-158 Church St

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FY1 3PS

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