Alnwick and District Camera Club

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CLERKENWELL PROJECT: The speaker at Alnwick and District Camera Club‘s latest meeting was one of its own members, Alan Ainsworth, with a presentation entitled The Clerkenwell Project.

Although based in Northumberland, Alan spends a lot of time in London and has developed a great interest in the area of Clerkenwell where he has an apartment.

Starting with what was primarily a photographic project, Alan eventually created and published his own book about Clerkenwell with extensive text and superb photographs recording its history, architecture and people.

Clerkenwell has a fascinating history going back to medieval times but is also of particular interest for the way in which it has developed over the last 30 years, moving from an industrial area in decline to a vibrant new community of stylish apartments, creative studios and a thriving leisure scene.

Alan’s photographs have successfully captured this community with telling pictures of the people and their surroundings. Panoramic views of the architecture placed buildings in their context, while close-up details and unusual photographic angles provided variety and interest. People were shown at work and play with locations varying from night clubs to craft studios and Smithfield meat market.

This was a fascinating talk covering both history and photography and also provided valuable information on how to go about publishing your own book – a challenging and rewarding undertaking but not for the faint-hearted.