Retracing Brighton: a young participant photographing under Brighton’s Palace Pier Photo credit: Skye Collacott-Williamson, 2017

Retracing Brighton by The Capture Collective

A Photoworks Photography Club Showcase
15 July - 10 Sept 2017
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Young people’s photography inspired by Constable to be displayed at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

The Capture Collective are members of Photoworks’ Photography Club, a Photoworks initiative enabling local 13-16 year olds to meet regularly, develop their camera skills, produce photographs for a display and gain an Arts Award certificate.

This year, the club has collaborated with Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums. Inspired by its Constable and Brighton exhibition, the young people have retraced the artist’s steps and explored the local landscape painted by Constable almost 200 years ago.

The sessions kicked off with the young people making camera obscuras from cardboard boxes and magnifying glasses, and taking them into the Pavilion Garden to see how a camera works in its simplest form.

Following Constable’s footsteps, the group then took their cameras to the streets of Brighton, Rottingdean Windmill, Saint Ann’s Well Gardens, Devil’s Dyke and the beaches around the former Chain Pier.

The group made sun-prints as a way of looking closely at form, and, taking a similar approach to Constable, collected objects on their walks such as driftwood, stones, seaweed and plants to photograph in the studio.

Back at the museum, the young people projected their images onto the studio wall and discussed how they achieved their best shots.

Betty, aged 13, from the collective says

“Taking part has made me look at my city in a whole new way. It’s been great fun and I’m hoping to make much more photography in the future.”

Photoworks Learning and Engagement Curator, Juliette Buss, says

“Working with The Capture Collective and the team at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery has been hugely inspiring for all involved. We hope visitors will find the exhibition and this fresh look at our city similarly inspirational.”

Visitors can see The Capture Collective’s photography displayed on the museum’s South Balcony from 15 July.