As part of Somerset Arts Week (SAW) www.somersetartworks.org.uk 2014 Sam Burton of ‘zummerzet photography’ www.zummerzetphotography.co.uk and a member of Exposure47 www.exposure47.com will be exhibiting ten darkroom hand-prints which show a glimpse into the life of England’s longest steam railway. The images show a typical day enjoyed by a steam locomotive driver. Burton, who is passionate about traditional techniques, used a medium format camera and black and white film to be in period with the subject. Alan ‘the driver’ has already achieved fame in advertising campaigns for companies such as Aldi and is the ‘face’ of ‘REAL’ crisps and was very excited at being in Burtons project.
In keeping with the period theme of his project Sam will explore Victorian photographic working methods and then evolve the images with the latest technology during the launch of his SAW exhibition that opens to the public on Saturday September 20th 2014 at the Bishops Lydeard Station Museum. The private view to which all Exposure47 members, associate members and friends are invited is on Friday 19th at the same venue at 19:00.
During the infancy of photography in the mid 1800s it was common practice to use mobile darkrooms; usually a horse drawn carriage blacked out and fitted with a safe light panel for illumination. The photographer would load his camera plate; make the exposure and process on location. Sam will be using 1950s version of the Victorian view camera with the public invited to take part by having a portrait made, Sam will develop paper negatives in wet chemistry and participants and spectators will be able to watch the process take place. This event will take place on Friday 19th September at 19:00 and on Saturday 20th September only.
Venue address (location finder)
Gauge Museum, Platform 1
Bishops Lydeard Railway Station
Dates & Times
The exhibition will be open for view every day 10am to 4pm from September 20th to October 5th. Sam will be at the venue on 20, 21, 24, 25, 27 and 28 September and 2, 3, 4, and 5 of October.
The exhibition is completely free.- Kindly supported by ‘The Golsoncott Foundation’
Follow signs for A358 and once you get to Bishops Lydeard follow the brown signs for West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard, the station is not in the village itself but is off the main road. The exhibition is in the Gauge Museum on platform 1.