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The latest solution which intends to build bridges between young people of different backgrounds.
Project The Locomotive by Click Academy will involve 33 young people working together using an unusual technique called pinhole photography to produce picture book of Polish-Jewish poet Julian Tuwim's famous "Locomotive" poem for children.
By: Click Akademy
The Jewish cultural scene was particularly vibrant in pre-World War II Poland with numerous Jewish publications and over 116 periodicals. The Jewish authors of the period, among them Julian Tuwim, made important contributions to Polish literature. In Poland, generations of children are reading the classic Tuwim’s children’s poem “Locomotive”
Project The Locomotive by Click Academy will involve 33 young people working together using an unusual technique called pinhole photography to produce a bilingual, professionally-
The young people will then organize and run a series of creative outreach events including a travelling exhibition, internet promotion, public readings and teacher training workshops.
The book and its outreach events aim to show a positive picture of Polish and Jewish people and richness of their culture, demonstrating the similarities and celebrating the differences. The project's idea came from consulting 40 teenagers attending a Polish Saturday school in Camden.
The project is financially supported by MediaBox, Embassy of the Republic of Poland and Polish Culture Institute in London.
Pinhole photography is lens less photography. A tiny hole replaces the lens. Light passes through the hole; an image is formed in the camera. Pinhole cameras are small or large, improvised or designed with great care. Cameras have been made of sea shells, many have been made of oatmeal boxes, coke cans or cookie containers, at least one has been made of a discarded refrigerator. Cameras have been cast in plaster like a face mask, constructed from beautiful hardwoods, built of metal with bellows and a range of multiple pinholes. Station wagons have been used as pinhole cameras – and rooms in large buildings. In principal, a pinhole camera is a box, with a tiny hole at one end and film or photographic paper at the other. Designing and building the cameras are great fun. Making images with cameras you had made yourself is a great pleasure too. Pinhole images are softer – less sharp – than pictures made with a lens. The images have infinite depth of field. Wide angle images remain absolutely rectilinear. Exposures are long, ranging from half a second to several hours.
Click Academy is an art group using pinhole photography as a means of social change through empowering communities. For 5 years already we have been working with children from groups that suffer from social exclusion, including ethnic minority groups, to address the issues they face. During our workshops participants prepare photographic cameras from everyday objects and are encouraged to follow their independent creativity
If you would like to be to be involved helping us to deliver any of the project activities please feel free to contact Olga Glazik, olga.glazik@
Marta Kotlarska mkotlarska@ClickAcademy.co.uk
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Akademia Pstryk (www.ClickAcademy.co.uk)