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Photographer seeks funding for exhibition mixing the old and new faces of Preston

Posted on - 20th January, 2012 - 11:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Photos
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A merger of modern day Fishergate Hill and a black and white shot from the past

A Preston photographer who has been working on a project to re-create classic photographs of the city is looking for funding to stage an exhibition.

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Lea-based snapper Bernie Blackburn wants to show off his photos, which have involved re-shooting old black and white photos of Preston in the same place to contrast the modern day city with days gone by.

His photographs have been displayed in the city before, and exhibition called ‘Postcards from Preston‘ took place last year.

Bernie hopes to attract funding for an exhibition as part of the Preston Guild, and is currently £500 short.

He said: “Putting the ‘Preston Now and Then’ collection together has been a real journey of discovery; I’m amazed how much Preston has changed in the last hundred years.

“The whole point of this project is to share it with the people of Preston during the Guild Year. I’m currently talking to two prominent city centre venues that are keen to host the exhibition.

“Despite the tough times we’re living in, I’ve managed to raise the majority of the required funding and it would be a shame for the project to fall at the last hurdle.”

He added: “I’m still hopeful that I can drum up some support from local businesses before the deadline at the end of January.”

Local businesses interested in sponsoring the project can email [email protected] for more information.

You can follow Bernie’s photo adventures on Flickr and also see some of his great photos as part of the Preston Photo Digest we publish weekly on Blog Preston.

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