The selfie is often seen as a modern day phenomenon, but throughout the years photographers have always taken self portraits of themselves and with new technology the selfie is now firmly embedded in western society. During the last 18 months we have also been documenting behind the scenes at 116 and the selfie is included within our own photography process. With a fun approach to the self portrait and photography we soon developed the idea for a large international Selfie exhibition in the summer of 2014. Although at that time our summer OPEN Exhibition took priority. So, we opened on the 20th November and it coincided with the Christmas Light events in the City Centre. The hustle and bustle of the evening started off well, but we didn’t know just how well it would go. The evening progressed with a good mix of young and old, warm drinks and some with a little more alcohol content. Throughout the course of the night the Show Your Selfie project attracted many different people and I’ve never seen so many people waiting for a selfie photo in the pop-up photo studio than last Thursday. Three hundred people in four hours was a great first night opening and a very busy photo studio indeed. The green screen backdrop was also met with pleasant surprise, and people had lots of fun pretending to be somewhere else, or running away from dinosaurs.
We have now started to collect all the selfies submitted so far and we will be adding them to the Show Your Selfie wall over the next few weeks. Pop in to see if you can spot yourself on the wall. We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who have submitted selfies so far, to all of you that have taken part in the green screen pop up studio, hand delivered selfie prints, and all the digital selfies we are receiving online. The selfie amount is nearing 500 but we need many more, tell others and if you have already done so, send us your selfie, and be a part of the World Record for Selfies in an exhibition.
Street photography is often captured in a split second moment and it regularly captures the daily life and people on the street. It is probably debatable if street photography can be taught, but you can certainly give yourself better prospects to capture the scenes and moments you want to depict.
Street Walks are a series of Street Photography Workshops that aim to improve and challenge your street photography in a fun and group session.
12 Midday Start – Introduction, discussion and initial meeting with the group to explore Street Photography and preparation for the street walks. Ideas or themes may be discussed or chosen, along with different styles and approaches.
1pm Street Walks – The group splits up and starts to explore the location and environment around the vicinity of the space. Your workshop facilitator will also be on hand to offer advice, suggestions and guidance.
2pm – 3pm Group Critique – The group will then meet up at the gallery and we will discuss the mornings photographs and answer any questions, followed by individual feedback on photographs taken throughout the workshop.
The overall aim of the workshops will focus on improving your street photography and include – Equipment – Composition – Still Life – Posed Portraits – Candid Portraits – Shooting in Public Spaces.
12 – 3pm on 30th Nov / 7th Dec / 14th Dec
Price: Free sessions
Venue: 31 Stafford Street, Hanley – Contact for details and booking.
Gallery 116 in partnership with Appetite presents a new project – Show Your Selfie. Located in a City centre venue we invite you to take part in the wall of selfies, workshops and the pop-up photography studio.
Send, bring in or take your own Selfie in our photo studio and you will be added to the exhibition of selfies, and you can even be part of the Guinness World Record attempt of the most Selfies in one exhibition at any one time.
Visit and Submit your Selfie photos to: 31 Stafford Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Well… it’s almost nearing the end of the year, and we’ve had a great 12 months so far – An excellent collection of exhibitions, film nights, studio bookings, work experience and workshops. Over the last few weeks we’ve been actively planning and setting up new studio and gallery projects, and exhibitions for 2015.
Over the lead up to Christmas we are working on a new outreach programme and the first few projects are partnering with Thistley Hough Academy and Show Your Selfie project. This is a new but progressive time for gallery 116 and the continuation of activities and events in the gallery.
The Gallery Shop is also a new venture launching very soon, and within this we will be showcasing and representing a diverse collection of artwork and photographers from across the UK and abroad.
We don’t want to give too many surprises away just yet but we do have a few exciting projects to share and hope you will be able to join us over the following few weeks.
Thank you so much for your support and hope to see you very soon.