Carlisle Photo Festival – a last minute visit

From the website for Carlisle Photo Festival:

“Carlisle Photo Festival was founded in 2012 with the wish to focus on bringing emerging photographers’ work out to the public by displaying their work in urban and accessible spaces.The aim for Carlisle Photo Festival is to create an international and national platform for contemporary photography.A platform that explores all aspects in photography and where emerging talents, professionals, amateurs and photography enthusiasts can meet”

As soon as I heard about this event I knew I wanted to visit it – however we could only visit the festival on Sunday (the last day) so only two of the venues were still open: the Old Post Office and The Galley.

The last time I was inside the Post Office building on Warwick Road it was probably to buy stamps or send a parcel or something and was in slightly better nick than what you can see now. It closed in 2008 and they are about to convert it into a smart new hotel (not sure if there are any original features left to be preserved though). I took a sneaky pic through a hole in the partition into the old sorting area beyond.

There were some interesting ideas shown in the photos, although we thought that some of them were a bit pretentious (e.g. a bland photo of a few heather plants on a hillside, which honestly could have been anywhere). I liked the central images taken with old cameras of various places within Cumbria, the Kansas pics, microscope images taken using a phone, and the face-swap photoshop portraits.

Next we headed to the Galley, located in the Atlas Works , originally a Victorian textile mill. I honestly didn’t know this gallery was here so that alone was worth the visit. I found these photos a bit more interesting although the only ones I can remember as I write are the Lithuanian ones. I think I would have preferred to see more photos from each photographer; in some cases there were only 2 images per artist.

Overall, I personally would have liked to have seen more colourful images – perhaps the selection were chosen to match the more industrial settings, not sure. I seem to remember the brightest ones!

The Old Post Office, Warwick Road, Carlisle

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

The Galley, Atlas Works, Nelson Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle

Inside Galley, Nelson Street, Carlisle

Inside Galley, Nelson Street, Carlisle

Photos taken at 12:12 on 12/12/12

In honour of this momentous arbitrary occasion, my friend Fi decided to invite people to take photos during this minute and launched a Facebook and Flickr group for people to store their images. I only stored one in each but these were the ones I took during the whole minute.

I popped out for lunch and decided to stop just down the road from our offices, close to Penrith. There has been a cold frost for several days here and today the fog had lingered for most of the day… the sun came out just for these shots.

I first listened to Fi being interviewed on Radio Cumbria, and when the time came I did actually still have a mobile signal (yay!) so posted up my pic, then ate my lunch, listening to a fieldfare in the tree next to me.

When I turned the car around to drive back to the office, The fields and trees had already started to defrost back to green and brown instead of white.

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#cumbriahour

I recently volunteered to set up a page for #cumbriahour – a weekly twitter networking event.

It’s just until we get a better / flashier / more costly website!

Here it is: #cumbriahour

Took me about an hour to do. Bless WordPress.