Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kitch-En's a LOMO Hot-Spot; Kitch-En Contempoary Urban Gallery

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Kitch-En's a LOMO Hot-Spot; Kitch-En Contempoary Urban Gallery

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VISITORS to the Kitch-en Contemporary Urban Art Gallery in Middlesbrough will see the town through a different pair of eyes this month.

The Montrose Street gallery, which supports emerging local and regional artists, is hosting a new exhibition based on a fast-growing creative craze known as Lomography.

After holding a workshop in which 30 people were encouraged to take wacky snapshots of people and places in the town, the gallery created a LOMO Wall of those images.

Featuring hundreds of 6inx4in photos created by those who embarked on a photographic tour of Middlesbrough, it takes up more than half of the gallery.

The other half is dedicated to the large-scale works of established North-east Lomographers Helen Errington, Ben Anderson and Jennine Wilson.

Mark Warner, creative director at Kitch-en, said: "The thing with Lomography is that it's not about the subject of the photo, it's about the culture of taking photographs.

"It's very free thinking.

"You don't have any settings, it is just literally a case of point and shoot and you can't control what comes out."

Lomography challenges those of us who have been sucked into the digital age to ignore the conventions of "good" photography.

It dares us not to even look through the viewfinder when we take our pictures, and instead just wait to see what we get from a rudimentary standard 35mm film.

The result is abstract photographs which are odd to look at, out of focus and garishly coloured - but wonderfully fresh.

Mark said: "Lomography has become quite popular and goes hand in hand with the festival culture.

"A lot of online Lomography galleries feature photos from festivals and club nights because they are wacky and a bit different to standard point and shoot cameras."

The craze has seen the development of a Lomographic Society, which has embassies across the globe and as its base.

Artists and independent galleries like Kitch-en are embracing the trend. …

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