Bored of Instagram? Ireland’s first Analogue Camera Library is coming to Cork
Photos aren’t what they used to be…
Gone are the days when you’d have to beg your parents to buy a disposable camera so you could snap photos of your summer holidays.
Although the advantages of modern technology are wide-ranging, there’s no doubt that the instant nature of current camera phones robs us of the excitement of waiting for the pictures to be developed and the general mystery of the whole process.
You never knew what you might get, and every photo was precious.
Thankfully, for those who wish to recapture some of that excitement, Ireland’s first Analogue Camera Library is coming to Cork City, thanks to some sound heads at Creative Ireland, Cork City Library Service and Cork Film Centre.
“We aim to encourage people from all walks of life to use analogue photography processes to slow down and see the world through different lenses,” said The Slow Camera Exchange on Instagram, which is piloting the initiative at the Holyhill Public Library.
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The idea is inspired by the late Hermann Marbe, who amassed a wide assortment of cameras and whose collection- containing pinhole cameras, super 8s, black and white film cameras and many other 20th century cameras- was donated to the city to make photography more accessible.
Through this pilot programme, aspiring photographers from a cross-section of senior citizens and intergenerational communities will have easier access to the collection’s assortment of analogue, user-friendly cameras and kits.
The project hopes to teach people how to use 35 mm or medium format cameras, learn how to develop film and print black and white photos in a dark room, among other plans.
The pilot programme will be used to explore the viability of establishing The Hermann Marbe Camera Lending Library, so if you’re interested in seeing that happen, make sure to take part.
To find out more about the Slow Camera Exchange, keep an eye on their social media or visit their website here.