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  • WELLBEING Taking Notice of the

    small things helps you find your curiosity, recognise beauty

    & appreciate what matters. A camera can help re-frame your view & make the most

    of a walk or find focus if you have anxiety. Until the 1880s, photos could only be taken

    seated, unsmiling due to long exposure times, or in professional studios with the right equipment & chemicals. New 20th century inventions allowed more people to enjoy photography – like the cheaper Box Brownie camera and new roll film. Today, with camera phones, documenting our lives is a lot easier. Every two minutes, we take more photos than ever existed in total 150 years ago.

    A Lockdown Photograph Share a lockdown photo as a record of an extraordinary time. Look back at your saved photos & choose something significant or take a photo today.

    DONATE

    Before you start

    First give yourself a moment to take notice of the scene in front of you.

    ●Look for textures, colours & shapes. ●What do you see/hear/smell/feel? ●What stayed the same? What may not be the same in a year/10/100 years’ time?

    ●What makes this a ‘scene of its time’?

    WARM UP

    Kodak Box Brownie – c.1930s Ensign Cadet – c.1930s

    Taking photos Have light source behind you to stop harsh contrast causing detail loss Have a sturdy stance to avoid ‘camera shake’ blurring your image

    Take a moment to make sure your subject matter is in shot and in focus

    TOP TIPS Looking for clues ●Festive or religious celebrations can show the month taken.

    ●Photos that include clear road names or shops will help with locations.

    Shantilal Mistry with his first car – c.1969

    Whit Walks, Hyde – c.1975

    “ Street furniture, hairstyles cars and accessories are useful to estimate an era. Clothes like uniforms & football shirts can help us be specific with a year.”Tameside Archivist, Jane

    TOP TIPS

    Why Photographs MatterLOOKING BACK...

    ALL CONTENT: TAMESIDE LOCAL STUDIES & ARCHIVES WITH INTERFERENCE-ART SUPPORTED BY: GM ARTS

  • Lockdown Photo Examples 01

    Whit Walk, Mossley – c. 1977

    LOOKING BACK...

    USE FLASH to light a scene

    Lilaben feeding baby, Ashton – 1970s

    Bhaniben in Stamford Park – 1960s

    Joseph Howe & Sons Hat Exhibition – 1960s

    Take advantage of NATURAL LIGHT

    Snow in back garden, Ashton – 1970s

    Dukinfield Bowling Green – 1910s

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND DO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE AT RISK

    Send via email: archives@tameside.gov.uk We accept: JPEG/TIFF images Or bring to Tameside Local Studies when we are able to accept material.

    Help us collect a ‘Lockdown Life’ archive for future generations...Why not join in? Capture a moment and *donate a photo to Tameside Local Studies & Archives.

    ALL CONTENT: TAMESIDE LOCAL STUDIES & ARCHIVES WITH INTERFERENCE-ART

    Camera phones make taking snaps easy. Go ‘Old School’ – reflect and select your shots. Could these archive examples help you make creative choices and try different skills?

    *Once you’ve sent in a donation to Tameside Local Studies & Archives, we’ll get in touch to explain the process and terms. This allows us to record your wishes and ensure everything is properly documented.

    LOW VIEW (kneel down looking up) Shows a child’s viewpoint

    BIRDS EYE (From above looking down) Helps show scenery, scale & movement

    CENTRAL FRAMING – Draws attention to the main subject; shows us the setting

    OFF CENTRE FRAMING – Encourages our eye to explore the image.

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  • Lockdown Photo Examples 02

    OUTDOOR – Capture things that stay constant in our landscapes for decades, or document a sudden difference

    INDOOR – Our relationship with our home has changed. Document a new daily routine for work/learning/meals

    ‘SELFIE’ PORTRAIT – Choose your outfit, pick a place then set your camera phone timer to take the shot

    Krishna’s 4th birthday – 1980s

    WIDE VIEW – Step back to show the location of your scene

    LOOKING BACK...

    DETAIL – Zoom in on objects that may go unnoticed but capture a time

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND DO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE AT RISK

    UNPOSED PORTRAIT – Record familiar & ordinary moments of people doing everyday activities

    ALL CONTENT: TAMESIDE LOCAL STUDIES & ARCHIVES WITH INTERFERENCE-ART

    Bhikhubheil reading a book – 1960s Dukinfield Cycling Club member – 1890s

    Lees Road playground, Mossley – 1960s

    Williamson Family meal – 1980sWhit Walk, Stalybridge – 1960