Focus on old-school photography
Photography lovers in Leicester are being encouraged to take part in a project that takes the art back to the old days.
Whether you're a professional picture taker or an amateur snapper, a lover of landscapes or a fan of portraits, anyone can have a go at the latest scheme run by the Leicester People's Photographic Gallery.
At the gallery, based at the former Central lending library, in Belvoir Street, in the city centre, there are three disposable cameras for participants to take out.
Photographers can take a camera for as long as they want – but can only take one picture.
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When all the cameras are full, the images will be printed and displayed in the gallery.
Ian Davies, gallery curator and one of the organisers of the project, said: "They're disposable cameras with old-fashioned film.
"People can borrow one and go out and take a photograph of anything they want, it doesn't matter where or what it is.
"They can only take one, though, so they only get one chance. If the camera happens to go off as they're getting it out of their pocket, that's their shot. Once the cameras are full, we'll get the pictures developed and display them at the gallery."
Ian said all three cameras for the project, which started in November, were about three-quarters full.
"There's no date for it to finish, as such, just as soon as the cameras are full," he said. "I've got no idea whatsoever what any of the photos will be.''
In the digital age, the task for people taking part will be making sure they get the perfect snap in one take.
"You can't get lots and lots of photos of the same thing and keep the best one," said Ian.
"You've got to be a bit more thoughtful. The idea is to get people being creative, really, having a think about what's going on around them.
"Some people have planned it meticulously, got it all organised beforehand and been out for a while. Others have been here and back in five minutes."
Ash Brown, who lives in Western Park Leicester, is among the photographers who have taken part so far.
"I'm an amateur, it's a bit of a hobby for me, and I like to try quite a lot of different stuff," he said. "I'm moving into long exposures at the minute, I like special effects and things like that, but I've also done a bit of sport – football and cricket – and I like street photography as well."
Ash, 44, who normally uses a Canon SLR camera, said he wanted to keep the details of his photo a secret until the pictures are developed.
"It won't be obvious it's one of mine," he said. "I didn't have anything in mind before I went out, I just wanted to do something interesting.
"They're obviously basic cameras so no long exposures or going out at night.
"I had the camera for a couple of days and mulled it over and just tried to keep my eyes open.
"The fact you can only take one picture makes it very interesting, It's old school and gets you out of the digital way of thinking."
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