Results from the Pinhole Workshops

toby 1eWe had a great day on Saturday creating Pinhole photos at Waterrow Village hall as part of the 10 Parishes Festival.

Here are some of the results below, exposures varied between 20-40 seconds. Everyone had great fun! Remember the 10 Parishes Festival is still running and finishes on Sunday 13th September.

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Shooting some pinhole photography

 

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10 Parishes Festival

Nearly there!

Just reminder that there is a FREE pinhole photography workshop. Try your hand at some Pinhole Photography (and meDaravi, India, Zummerzet Photographyet a group of photographers from Exposure47) on Saturday 5th September. For more info click here

If you can’t make that, come along to Waterrow Village Hall between 11am-6pm from Saturday 5th September to Sunday 13th Septmber. ‘Step back in time! Using early photography techniques Sam will have striking hand-printed black and white prints on display including recent work from living in India. Cards and prints from the West Country and the World will be for sale.’

 

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Julia Margaret Cameron Day at Bridgwater College

We would like to invite you to our first art and design theme day on Saturday August 29th in the Arts and Media block at Bridgwater College from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

grafic pen emailWe will be celebrating the bi centenary of pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth by making portraits using equipment and processes Cameron would have used in the mid Victorian period. Cameron’s art contemporaries will be recognised by interpretive painting and drawing that will run alongside. The growth of interest in retro photo processes is something of a current phenonimum. At Bridgwater College we already include a number of these across our existing provision and are now extending this further especially as part of our adult courses. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th any point during the day as the process will be continuous, and please do bring a friend with you. If you are unable to come please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone who maybe interested in experiencing a day of live photo history.

Pinhole Workshop

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Photo taken with pinhole, Zummerzet Photography, Pinhole Photography Workshop

Saturday 5th September at Waterrow Village Hall as part of the 10 Parishes Festival.

Kindly supported by www.exposure47.com

Experience the simplest form of photography by making a pinhole camera and processing the photo paper in the traditional way. A unique opportunity to create original photographs through a mobile darkroom, work like the photographic pioneers from the 19th century with wet processing on location, then turn your negative images into digital positives using 21st century technology and share them with your friends.

Three workshops will take place on Saturday with groups of 8 people at the Zummerzet photography stand at Waterow Village Hall.

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Pre-booking essential, to book a place please email info@zummerzetphotography.co.uk

Workshop 1: 10:00-11:30

Workshop 2: 12:30-14:00

Workshop 3: 14:30-16:00

Conflict Time Photography

Conflict Time Photography

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Don McCullin perhaps the most well known conflict photographer of the 20th Century was featured more than once, a poignant print of Don’s was right at the end entitled The Battlefields of the Somme, France 2000. It summed up the mood after all the fighting; what was it for – a field? There we have it, captured in time, a peaceful French field as if Don’s own way of signing off the exhibition was PEACE.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/mccullin-the-battlefields-of-the-somme-france-p80136

Don McCullin, Time Conflict Photography, Zummerzet Photograph

Kurt Vonnegut was featured at the start. Kurt was in Dresden in WW2 and from the horrific experience of war he finished every text and essay with the word: ‘peace’.

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For what might have been forgotten, the collection brings together some of the true horrors of war, especially the Atomic bomb. Matsumoto Eiihi ‘Shadow of a soldier remaining on the wooden wall of the Nagasaki military headquarters’ 1945 is among them. Indeed it is a negative in itself, the brightness of the explosion has burnt the guard’s shadow onto the wood, both capturing a moment in time for future passers-by to comment on the truly unbelievable image.

The image on the front cover of the leaflet for the exhibition is by Shomei Tomatsu depicting the Japanese’s helmet abandoned on the broken floor. Another telling image is the watch, smashed, broken and stopped at 11.02 – the time the atomic bomb went off, when time stood still.

Time Conflict Photography, Tate Modern

It’s not all in the past; each room is takes you in time further from the event, from moments later to a century on at the end. A beautiful, haunting photograph by Luc Delahaye at the beginning of the exhibition from the Iraq war captured just after the US had bombed had a great impact; the dust falling, grey, chaos, a crumpled tank, rubble everywhere – it was like the taste of explosives was still in the air, indeed a recent event of the wars still continuing.

A thought-provoking set of images by Simon Norfolk was worth a careful observation; the layers of war visible and a relatively recent Victory arch left to decay with the rubble surrounding it.

I would strongly advise a visit to the Tate before the exhibition finishes. For more information check the Tate website. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/conflict-time-photography

Time, Conflict, Photography’ runs at the Tate Modern until 15th March 2015, tickets £14.50/£12.50. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

Happy Christmas!!

Happy Christmas everyone, thank you for all you valued custom over the past year and wishing you all a very prosperous and successful 2015. We will be closed from 25th December until 5th Jan, emails and messages will be replied to on the evening of the 5th January 2015.

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West-Somerset-Railway-Zummerzet-Photography-Sam-Burton

Carnival Time!

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Somerset’s carnivals are world famous, Bridgwater the biggest carnival event takes place on the first Saturday of November each year. It is recognised by most as Europe’s largest illuminated event.  It also is home to ‘Squibbing’ and for more information about the traditions of the carnival click here. Squibbing traditions are thought to go back as far as the 1600′s and on Saturday over 180 people took part in Bridgwater’s Squibbing.

bridgwater squibbing 2014
bridgwater squibbing 2014

Unique Exhibition draws people to Bishops Lydeard

Bishops Lydeard Station had record numbers in its tiny museum, with over 1,000 people attending the ‘Zummerzet Photography’ exhibition, which took place over the last two weeks. The exhibition entitled: ‘Sam Steams back to the Future’ used traditional black and white photographic techniques. On the first Saturday there was even a working darkroom in operation.

1450 takes a train to Crowcombe on the West Somerset Railway after leaving Bishops Lydeard on Friday 3rd Oct at WSR ASG www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk
1450 takes a train to Crowcombe on the West Somerset Railway after leaving Bishops Lydeard on Friday 3rd Oct at WSR ASG www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk
Alan, the driver and actor featured in the photos takes a final look at the exhibition on the Final Day, www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk
Alan, the driver and actor featured in the photos takes a final look at the exhibition on the Final Day, www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk

The exhibition was a fitting theme for the West Somerset Railway’s Autumn Steam gala (2nd-5th Oct), which marked the anniversary of the closure of Taunton locomotive shed. The ten hand printed photographs document England’s current longest steam railway from a Driver’s perspective in 2014. A number of Steam Engine drivers, who worked out of Taunton in the 1950’s and 60’s, took great interest in this project. They shared many of their stories, from the days of working around Taunton on the trains, with visitors who attended the exhibition.

Sam says ‘I was thrilled with almost a hundred encouraging comments left in the visitors book. I am now looking to produce a book, using more of the photos from the project, which has taken almost a year to document.’

4566 and 4160 on the West Somerset Railway Take a Train to Minehead on Thursday 2nd October www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk
4566 and 4160 on the West Somerset Railway Take a Train to Minehead on Thursday 2nd October www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk

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Last weekend of Exhibition

This weekend (2-5th Oct) is the last chance to come and see this black and white photographic exhibition ‘Sam steams back to the future’ at Bishops Lydeard Station museum on the West Somerset Railway. Its also the West Somerset Railway Autumn Steam gala so there’s plenty of trains around too.

It will be open from 10-4 daily over the last four days, an art exhibition is also at the venue. I look forward to meeting you all then!

Below is a photo captured last week with an old camera.

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