Southcart Books in Walsall has become well-known over the past three years for its popular and well-attended author and poetry events. Often, participants in the author events have been photographed informally for online publicity and the benefit of participants by yours truly.
Now, I am pleased to announce, jointly with Southcart Books, that I’m taking on the formal role of Photographer in Residence at the independent Lower Hall Lane bookstore, where I will attend a variety of events over the next twelve months and record them as part of an art photography project, aiming to picture (with their permission) local and regional authors and poets.
During the coming year, I plan to upload my best pictures on a website, making them freely available in digital format both to those authors/poets pictured and to the shop, for their own publicity purposes. Working with Southcart Books, I hope to subsequently hold an exhibition of selected photographs there at the end of twelve months, as well as to publish a magazine article on the project.
A digital copy of the best pictures will be donated to Walsall Local History Centre, the borough archives.
I’ve enjoyed taking part in many of bookstore owners Scott and Amy’s author events in the past, and this now seems like a great opportunity to record images of many local and regional writers for posterity. This won’t affect anyone taking personal photos at events, my pictures will simply be the official record, whenever I can attend.”
Scott Southey and Amy Carter of Southcart Books have asked me to say on their behalf:
“It has been a pleasure to have known Stuart for over three years now, and we always look forward to seeing his photographs of events in our shop. So it is an extra pleasure to now have him as photographer in residence, and we really look forward to being part of his future work and his exhibition.”
There’ll be more news and pictures about this project as it progresses. Meantime, I’d like to thank Scott and Amy for the opportunity to take on this role, it should be a fun project and hopefully will benefit all concerned.
The first event I plan to cover at Southcart Books for the project is National Poetry Day, Saturday 30th September 2017, 11am-3.30pm. Maybe I’ll see you there, through the camera eye?