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Peter & The Wolf for exhibition, No. 20s Wine Bar, Penryn. Now – May

Having talked in my last Peter & The Wolf post about liking the idea of sequencing the series of portraits for an exhibition space alongside the written narrative, I was given the opportunity about 5 minutes after writing out the blog post (!) by Celine from Cartel Photos, to submit one image based on the subject of ‘Movement’ for the new Cartel Photos exhibition (which is now up and running until May!).

It was great to be able to share my new idea with Celine, who was immediately on board and within three days it was up in the No. 20s Wine Bar alongside twenty other great pieces of very varied work across the Institute of Photography at Falmouth University.

It’s all still there so all you Falmouth/Penryn people, go see the work…over a glass of wine.

Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev, Movement exhibition, February - May  2015

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Peter and the Wolf portraits feature in the new Movement exhibition, No. 20s Bar, Penryn, 19th February – May (Private View 19th February 5pm onwards)

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Come down to see more talent from Falmouth photography students where I am honoured to share my recent Peter and the Wolf portraits.

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The importance of pictures: a shift in content.

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(Left) Front page of The Times, 14th December 1788, (Right) September 11th 2001

Although it’s obvious that in 1788, there would have been no pictures on the fronts of newspapers, what I think is significant here is how on 9/11, The Guardian chose to completely abandon text, as it was the picture alone that would give the viewers the biggest impact. Firstly, because seeing  a single picture on the front of a newspaper with no text is actually quite an odd experience as we become so used to the tradition of front pages. And secondly, because viewing such a graphic image on such a large scale, was the only way the media could induce the shock factor once again on an audience that had already seen countless images of the event on the day it had happened – all on TV.

Images have become a greater means of communication than words. As John Berger states in Ways of Seeing, ‘No other kind of relic or text from the past can offer such a direct testimony about the world which surround other people at other times. In this respect images are more precise and richer than literature.’

Therefore, when we think of the story of 9/11, it is very much a visual experience and why deep consideration should be taken in the creation of any editorial.

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Carleen Woodcraft Folk, West Cornwall, February 2014

As the third and final part of ‘The Relationship’, I visited the Cornwall branch of Woodcraft Folk.

Woodcraft Folk is something I attended when I was younger. Their motto states: ‘The Woodcraft Folk is a movement for children and young people, open to everyone from birth to adult. We offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.’

I want to be able to recognise the links between the social structures of children and their political and social upbringing, in mind to eventually extend this project by looking at children’s welfare across the broader society.

This seemed like a good starting place.

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Most of the session consisted of playing games that involved the group as a whole.

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None of the children minded me photographing them at all. It was clear there were certain friendships or relations amongst them with the girls tending to separate themselves from the boys.

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Introducing the colourful parachute caused great excitement amongst them all.Image

The age gaps between the group seemed to not matter as they all happy socialised with each other during games. Image

Towards the end of the session, the children were given print out photographs of their summer camp where they were to write a poem reflecting upon their time camping in the outdoors. 

Thank you to the Cornwall Woodcraft Folk and in particular to Jan Dinsdale for welcoming me to their session. I hope to be able to work with them again in the outdoors, once the weather lets us!

All images © Amy Romer 2014

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STORMS – A Collective Photography Exhibition, Number 20 Wine Bar, Penryn, 20th February – 20th March 2014

ANYBODY IN, AROUND OR NEAR(ISH) TO FALMOUTH (Yes – including Devon people!! Although on this occasion I would highly recommend the A30 as opposed to any form of barely existing public transport), please come and visit STORMS – A Collective Photography Exhibition, which documents the recent storms which have hit the South West. The exhibition is likely to contain some pretty epic pictures, and there’s one of mine in there too.

The Private View will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20th February at 7pm and the exhibition will be running for one month. Please come and tell all your friends to come too.

Number 20 Wine Bar, Lower Market Street, Penryn, Cornwall

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Penryn/Falmouth Foodbank

In the last 12 months, the number of people requiring help from foodbanks in the UK have gone up by 40%.

In Cornwall, the number has doubled. This has lead to an enquiry lead by David Cameron.

Evidence from Trussell Trust foodbanks shows that rising living costs and stagnant wages are forcing more people to live on a financial knife edge resulting in any change in circumstance potentially forcing people into poverty. Even marginal shifts in prices when people don’t have elasticity in their personal finances can have a major impact. Food prices have risen by 12.6% above inflation over the past six years and rising energy prices this winter are likely to see more people forced to choose between eating and heating. People using foodbanks have started giving back food items that need cooking because they can’t afford to turn on the electricity.

Many people on low-incomes are also being impacted by the implementation of April’s welfare reforms. Trussell Trust foodbanks are reporting increased referrals as a result of the spare room subsidy, sanctioning and confusion caused by the devolution of the Social Fund.

The Penryn/Falmouth branch are finding an increased number of people that have never needed or even considered using the foodbank before. Referees can understandably feel embarrassed or ashamed to feel the need to ask for help but it is becoming progressively evident that the foodbank is being required on a much more national level, with government enquiries taking place on a local and national level.

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Volunteers are under pressure to sort through and organise donations in order for them to be distributed accurately to the many people requiring them.

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Time is taken to ensure that each individual, couple or family receives a balanced variety of food, which is specific to their needs.

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The foodbank often find themselves with an abundance of tinned food but are unable to give families with babies the bare essentials such as UHT milk.

All images © Amy Romer, 2013

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