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Photography exhibition opens at UCLan

08 May 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Prior features an array of black and white images

A thought-provoking photography exhibition has opened at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Prior, which features the work of fine art and drawing and image making undergraduates, explores the relationship between photography as a starting point from which further work is developed.

Among the eye-catching black and white works are a vast range of snapshots from the daily lives of Prestonian’s, images which have been created using an early 1900s technique and photos which have been interpreted and translated into music.

“I loved the idea of using disposable cameras because people couldn’t go back and delete shots and it was really interesting as to what people thought was photo-worthy.”

Danielle Cunningham, from Liverpool, gave 12 disposable cameras to a selection of people in the city including a butcher, a florist, a policeman and a retired manager. They were asked to take photos of anything of interest during a 24 hour period.

The 22-year-old said: “I loved the idea of using disposable cameras because people couldn’t go back and delete shots and it was really interesting as to what people thought was photo-worthy. I got a great selection of shots including lots of images of food, work and dogs.”

Preston’s Mark Aston travelled around various northern cities to research the decay and re-emergence of buildings. His images were then transformed using Victorian analogue techniques.

Unique ID codes from photographs have been translated into a musical score by Leanne Cunningham. The Liverpudlian, 22, took images in Denmark, Sweden and Poland. She took the letters from the exclusive coding, added that to a musical score and played the keys on a keyboard.

The free exhibition runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm until 15 May in Hanover Project, in UCLan’s Hanover Building.