Photography is a significant tool that is deeply embedded into so many peoples’ everyday lives. It is a way to communicate, document, and remember special beings, places, moments, or feelings. With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones, film photography is much less commonly used these days, but it still remains an artistic tool with broad appeal and rich possibilities for creative expression.
In 2021, we invited East Vancouver community members to be part of this free film photography experiment. The premise: Ten participants are anonymously paired up. Each pair is invited to take turns photographing their corner of the world on a single, shared roll of slide film. Double-exposed images are layered over each other and unexpected happy accidents are bound to happen.
As our lives continued to shift and respond to continual upheaval—in year two of pandemic living—the intention was to carve out space for a creative and collaborative project that would unite distant neighbours.
Registration has now closed.
The project was gratefully supported by a Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant.
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We thank everyone who expressed interest in this project and who participated even if their collaboration ended up not yielding images (which is part of the unpredictable nature of film!).
JEFFREY CHONG + AMANDA NIEKAMP
SAHANA BABU + AVERY HANNIG
MANDY WONG + ALLISON HARDY