Then Now Next - Sutton STEAMS Ahead
Then, Now, Next
Solargraphy captures sun rises and sunsets each day. This light path is captured by the pinhole camera, marking time quite literally. A ‘solargram’ image, records the cyclical passage of time from a set starting point, until the moment that the camera is taken down. The solargram image records:
- where history and science meet
- the physical passage of time
- a passage of time that happens despite human intervention
- a phenomenon far bigger than ourselves
Schools and volunteers within the community will place their solar cans around the borough at secure locations decided by participants. Exposure times and locations will vary, meaning that all results will be unique, but connected by a common aim; to visually capture the passing of time in our borough. The recorded images will be gathered by the Council and shared for the public to see and engage with the artistry, technology and science of photography. It will also encourage us to think more critically about the disposable technologies that shape our lives and encourage us to explore how we can live more sustainably.
We want to inspire residents by exploring the stories of residents and by creating a tangible link between past and present through the creation of imagery in innovative, engaging, and creative formats. Sitters will be photographed using a similar process to that used by David Knights-Whittome whose portrait work makes up an important part of our archival collection.
Sutton in Photographs – Learn how to Shoot, Edit & Post!
With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this free photography workshop will teach you to capture amazing photos with your smartphone and encourage you to reflect on the historic collections in the London Borough of Sutton’s archives.
In April 2023 it was announced that The London Borough of Sutton was on the lookout for 4 creatives to take part in an exciting new project and create a photographic based artwork. We are pleased to announce the 4 winning bids, and we asked each artist to give...
Sutton STEAMs Ahead is an exploration of the incredible feats that become possible through the combination of science and art. In the same way, this programme has been made possible by combining the time and talents of many people. The collaborator profiles highlight some of the excellent individuals that have worked in the programme and the work they do.