A SLOWER APPROACH
Over a lifetime in which he made a significant mark on Arts and Inclusion in Cork City, Hermann Marbe amassed an impressive camera collection. Hermann’s wife, socially engaged artist Jessica Carson Marbe has founded The Hermann Marbe Camera Collection in his memory with the aspiration of making the arts and creativity more accessible. Together with Cork Film Centre and Cork City Library Service, we will research the viability of establishing The Slow Camera Exchange via a pilot initiative at Hollyhill Library.
This initiative will facilitate access to a selection of analogue, user-friendly cameras and kits from the collection for a sample cohort of older people and intergenerational groups. The project sees potential for a wide range of engagements depending on the interest of those involved eg. the full in-depth process of learning how to use cameras 35 mm or medium format cameras, developing film and printing B&W images in a dark room. Other proposed engagements include portraiture projects using unique large format cameras, through pinhole photography, play with sun-exposed cyanotypes, or the use of simple point and shot colour film photography with plastic pop cameras. A range of engagements will be explored and then piloted.
To make analogue photography more accessible
The Slow Camera Exchange was established in memory of artist Hermann Marbe and speaks to his aspiration of making the arts and creativity more accessible. It supports people from all walks of life to use analogue photography processes to slow down and see the world through a variety of different lenses.
To support creativity for artists and communities
The programme aims to support opportunities for creative experimentation and development both for artist and for members of the community who wish to develop creativity.
We hope to experiment with more sustainable photographic processes.
To support wellbeing
The NEF five ways to wellbeing provides a framework for well-being.
The Slow camera exchange creates possibilities for those engaging to activate these wellbeing contributors.
We want to support connections within and between communities.
A borrowing library for artists
A borrowing library of camera kits for artists to engage with community groups
Workshop programme for community engagement
A bi annual publication to show creative outcomes of the project
An artist community to explore and exchange creative processes
We're part of the Creative Ireland programme
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(watch from 3:33 for our project highlight!)