Saltburn through a Victorian lens

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:37 20 February 2013

Saltburn through a Victorian lens

Saltburn through a Victorian lens

To celebrate Saltburn's 150th anniversary this year, a group of photographic enthusiasts capture the modern resort using Victorian equipment and processes

Saltburn was founded as a resort town in 1861 and this year celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this milestone, local photographer Charles Twist has put together a Festival of Victorian Photography, the high point of which will be a month-long exhibition at the Arts Bank in Saltburn this July.


The exhibition will show modern pictures of the town taken with old methods. It will be launched by a demonstration and a talk by wet-plate collodion photographic printing expert John Brewer.

John is a master craftsman with considerable experience of processes in common use during Victorian times. Using vintage cameras and lenses, he will be offering a free, hands-on demonstration to the public in the Old Coach-house (TocH) on July 2 and will deliver a talk to introduce the exhibition, which will run until July 29.

The UK Large Format Photography Group met in Saltburn in April to create a series of images using cameras derived directly from technology that was around 150 years ago. Some members brought vintage Victorian cameras or lenses, and in some cases both. These include John Brewer, Marizu Okereke, Tony Richards and Graham Vasey who produced images using the wet-plate collodion method, while Charles Twist shot on film.

In our all-digital age, these pictures come as quite a shock. We are all so used to crisp imagery that seeing prints with so many faults is a novelty. In these uncertain times, a return to tradition is comforting, and there is also an appreciation for the craft that goes in to creating these pictures.

The plates will be displayed at the Arts Bank from July 2 to 29. Free entry. Prints are available for purchas at 29 Milton Street, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, TS12 1DJ. 10am - 5pm Mon-Sat and 11am - 5pm Sunday.

The demonstration by John Brewer will take place at the Old Coach-house (TocH) on July 2 from 2pm to 5pm. Please call Charles Twist on 07975 945 884 to book as spaces are limited.

The talk by John Brewer takes place at the Arts Bank on July 2 from 6pm to 8pm. Entry is 2. Tickets are available from the Arts Bank, tel 01287 625 300.

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