We were invited to the launch of a brilliant exhibition by Remote Control Humber, a photography mentorship and networking project that unites people within the region who have an interest in capturing the world around them and want to take it further. With a mission to share experiences and help each other to feel more connected to the world of photography regardless of social, economic, geographical and educational barriers, the members are from all walks of life and age groups.
By organising a series of meet-ups, workshops and photo walks, Remote Control Humber explored a range of places and focused on everything from people and buildings, to quirky details that are often missed when passing by in the street. Featuring shots taken by our own Anete Sooda, as well as awesome artist Anna Bean, local historian Alec Gill and our good friend Stewart Baxter, the breaking down of barriers has resulted in some truly eye-catching compositions.
The range of subject matter and styles is huge, with a few that stuck in our mind being Sophie Manoury’s close-up of an elderly person’s hands, a keen gardener’s tools photographed by Chris Mason, and a bright red wooden chair hanging from a shopfront, snapped by John Sharples. Whatever you’re interested in, you’re bound to find something that reflects it in this versatile exhibition.
The power of community and accessibility can be felt as you walk around and view the dozens of pieces, but it’s summed up perfectly in this quote from a member:
It’s been great getting to know other photographers who have much more experience and training, and yet who have accepted us into their group to let us learn and grow. I now feel that I’m a photographer too.
Three strong themes can be recognised throughout the collection: There’s a selection of works that represent the idea of home, from a woman applying makeup, to an outdoor area blanketed in snow and surrounded by forest; the Documentary workshop focused on concepts of documentation through photography; and the Storytelling workshop saw a women-only group take Polaroid shots that define their own visual language.
Organised by Hinterland Creatives, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Humber LEP, and with support from the University of Hull and G.F Smith, this is an excellent collaboration between local photographers of all levels and multiple organisations that do our city proud.
The Remote Control exhibition is currently available to view free of charge in the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull. Open seven days a week 10am-5pm (and till 7pm on Thursdays), you can catch it until Sunday 28th July. Whilst there, pick up a complimentary newspaper of the curated exhibition and learn more about its story.
Image credit: Simon Herring – Instagram: @iwilburnart