Wednesday, 27 March 2013

How to make a camera...take one empty beer can

6 local schools joined us and our friends from the University of Falmouth Photography Department recently for a fun filled 3 days at Lizard Point, learning how to make a camera out of nothing more than an empty drinks can, gaffer tape and some photographic paper.

Sounds unlikely, but here are the weird and wonderful  results that prove it really does work! More than 70 kids from 5 local primary schools, and Mullion Secondary School came along to the workshops, to hone their photography skills, and they have all been invited along to an exhibition at Tremough Campus next month, to see their prize shots displayed in a gallery setting.

It's the second time we've hosted this project on the Lizard, and it's great to see how the kids and undergrad students hit it off straight away, and how they are inspired by the coast and countryside around them.  The students are in their first year of a photography degree based in Penryn, and for them it is an opportunity to practice newly learned skills, and share them with the kids. The kids got to enter a temporary dark room set up at Lizard YHA, to see their images developed in front of their very eyes!

We'd like to thank the University for their hard work in making this great project happen, and also Justin Quinnell (pinhole photograph expert extraordinaire), and the YHA. 

Next time you're chucking a can out in the recycling - just think that could be a camera!


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