After spending a few weeks doing work experience at Chats Palace and helping out with preparation for the exhibition which would coincide with the 100 year anniversary of the buildings opening I decided that this event and the building would be the focus of my project. The reasons for this are pretty obvious, for a start I had easy access and I was there most days doing work anyway further more thought the project would be better from some what of an insider view. This also meant I didn’t need permission or much of a budget.
My aim was to partly document the process of preparing for the exhibition as well as display the building in a positive light as this is how I view it. When taking the photos I looked for icons of things that I felt had to be shown in a visual account of the building. I was luck enough to assist in the taking of a new photo imitating the original photo of the grand opening of the building. On the day I took photos of the shot being set up as well as helping the photographer.
I would like to continue working on a project of the building but not from an editorial stand point, I found it slightly limiting to think of images that could be published. I plan on doing a much broader project of the building and all of the activities that go on there using film instead of digital. The outcome of this will hopefully be an exhibition in the building.
I believe the most appropriate publications for the images I have taken would be local newspapers such as hackney today. Chats has also expressed interest in using some of the images for web based purposes as well as print.
Chats Palace is a vibrant building with a vibrant history celebrating it’s 100th year. situated in the heart of Homerton it has been the cultural and arts hub of the community for decades. having volunteered there for a number of weeks i already know how much this building and more importantly the people that bring it to life have to offer.
Here are the final picks for the portfolio, i’m not sure i will print them all but they all stand out to me. perhaps not all as appropriate for an editorial piece though.
After a few problems with other ideas i have decided to focus this project on something i have easy access to. I am currently volunteering at an arts centre in Homerton called Chats Palace. the building is celebrating 100 years of being open so i have decided to do a series of photos depicting this.
Chats was originally known as the Homerton library (the above picture is of the grand opening) until the mid 70’s when it was turned in to an art centre for the community. Chats has a long history of theatre and music performance as well as photography. i have found from working there that it could be a very interesting topic for a photographic project as so many different activities that place there and as it is community based they often co exist in humourous ways (one day on my work experience i was processing film while a room full of middle aged women practiced belly dancing…)