Dozens of photographers descended on to the streets of Preston over two days to capture how the people of the city live, work and play.Advertisement
48hrs in Preston was a two-day participatory project that invited photographers of all abilities to take snaps in and around the city.
Event organiser Garry Cook said: “It was inspiring to see so many people out with their cameras taking photos.
“I really tried to encourage people to take photos of other people, in shops at work or enjoying themselves. This can be a really hard thing to do – it pushes you out of your comfort zone – but so many people tried it, and the result is a load of wonderful images. I’m so grateful to the enthusiasm of everyone who has taken part.
“The idea of asking loads of photographers to take images across 48 hours is to build a snapshot of the people of Preston. These images mark a moment in time and eventually will provide a unique nostalgic look back what Preston and its people looked like in 2023.
“So many shops, cafes, bars and pubs welcomed me and other photographers onto their premises – I am really grateful to the staff and managers of every venue.
“This is one of the first photography projects in Lancashire Photography Festival that will help make Preston a city of photography. I’m expecting thousands of visitors to the festival over the next few months – and people’s perceptions of Preston will change because of Lancashire Photography Festival.”
Local photographer Chris Darley, who took part in 48hrs in Preston, said: “I hope this idea grows and continues. I enjoyed a couple of hours walking in Preston. As always welcoming and friendly people in Preston, thanks to each and every one for their time.”
The unique project is part of the outdoor Lancashire Photography Festival, which has already unveiled images on the streets of Preston, most notable The Temple of Photography at Sykes Street Car Park – the site of the old Tokyo Jo’s nightclub.
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The main part of the festival launches in mid-July with images on display in the city centre, Winckley Square, and Avenham and Miller Parks.
Lancashire Photography Festival is supported by Arts Council England, Winckley Square CIC, Preston City Council and Preston BID. The festival is on until September.
A selection of images from 48hrs in Preston can be viewed below.
More will be displayed at a projection event in August and large-scale prints will be carried around the city for the unique Preston Photography Parade on Saturday 19 August.
Find out more on the Enjoy the Show website.
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