Dream machine making at fact (at FACT Cinema and Art Gallery)
A collaboration with somo
In December 2013 So-Mo and Engage Liverpool held a Christmas get together.
We invited residents from an area of the city called the Baltic Triangle
Over 50% of residents have lived there less than 18 months
& a 3rd of the people we spoke to did not have anyone they knew well enough to call upon in a time of need
5 minutes before the event we did not know if anyone would come…
I took along two boxes of studio lights for this shoot and ended up using my bike light on flash mode to light most of the shots.
Christmas arrives in Oxton village as the local community gathers to switch on festive lights
Communities across the UK got together last weekend to celebrate the beginning of Christmas. And in Oxton village in the Wirral it was no different as the local community descended on mass to welcome the arrival of Father Christmas to his grotto in Edwards Village News. The Salvation Army Band and the Kaboodle Choir led revellers in a hearty sing along, helped along by steaming mugs of mulled wine. The singing only stopping for Mayor Dave Mitchell to lead the crowds in counting down to the switch on. For the first year in memory all 8 strings of lights lit up as one.
Now into it’s twelfth year, Oxton village lights is a triumph of small businesses supported by strong community, in the tiny high street, space is found for everything from splat the rat, to children’s fairground ride tucked into the courtyard of the local garage.
As the choir led one last verse of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer you were hard pressed to see a face that wasn’t smiling.
Photographic stills from the DIN 19643 project. Photography by Matt Smith and A.N.D.