After much conversation with my mate Gary, and after viewing thousands of images during the Format International Photography Festival in Derby, we decided it was time to set up a collective. Not only was this years Format Festival based around street photography, we realised much of also came via photography collectives. As much of what we do is based around observations from walking around towns and cities, then street photography seemed a good theme to base a collective on. And so, Propergander Art was formed!
“The group is dedicated to the promotion of photography in the East Midlands with the creation of joint projects running in different cities, showing life in public places. The collective is also responsible for its own curation, for the purpose of exhibitions and publications as well as education and the promotion of compelling and vivid contemporary street photography.”
The name Propergander Art comes from the slang, to have a gander, or to have a look. This certainly fits with some of my earlier posts such as “About Town”, “The Rise Of The Machines”, and “London Underground” as examples of just wandering around with a camera and looking for something interesting, either as a single image, or images that can be put together to form a narrative.
In time we will be looking to run workshops, especially for beginners to photography, and to help people get the most out of compact digital cameras and camera phones.
We will be photographing our own area, but also will work on personal projects. The area of street photography is quite vast so we hope to be diverse, and to show our different styles through our work.
The website is still being worked on, but feel free to book mark it ready for when it’s fully up and running. We also have Twitter and a Facebook page Propergander-Art Please take a look and give us support as we steadily grow and develop.