28 Aug Teenage Kicks & Liverpool Girl Geeks
Last week I had the pleasure of working with Liverpool Girl Geeks and an awesome group of young women, delivering a jam-packed day of workshops. The organisation run an excellent #Tech4Teens project and each month they explore a different area of expertise, for August it was photography.
In their typically curious fashion, they wanted to delve deeper than just giving the group a bag of digital cameras, and so asked me to lead a taster session of my Pinhole to Pinterest course which looks at combining analogue processes and digital tech to produce creative output.
My overriding impression from this group of young women, was that they were open to exploring new ideas and excited about the possibilities created by a hybrid analogue/digital working process.
We covered chemistry with cyanotype ‘sunprints’, engineering with pinhole viewers, technology with mobile apps, and of course, physics with ‘Rosie’ my Caravan Obscura.
The mini-photowalk around the Baltic Triangle turned out to be one of their favourite activities as it got them exploring their location, questioning their decisions as to what they would shoot and creating physical prints. I got to show them how to use my vintage 1991 Instax Wide and the Impossible Project Instant Lab with their smartphones and as you can see, they came back with some awesome images!
One of my favourite moments actually came after the workshop had finished and I received a message on Instagram from one of the Mums who runs a creative business herself, Nurture Store. She thanked me for the workshop and simply said: “…the girls took photos all the way home…”
For me, it doesn’t get much better than that.
If you’re interested in learning more about the magic of analogue photography but are not quite sure where to start, you can get in touch here to find out about my introductory workshops & courses or listen to me each week on ‘Sunny 16′ where I co-host the UK analogue photography podcast.