Someone said write about your photography…not as easy as that though when you sit down to do it and I don’t I feel I know enough about anything to write about it but here goes.. I love people and love taking photographs of people, capturing subjects unaware in the streets or public places and have been known to cross the road…run like a madman, cross back over and walk towards someone clicking furiously at my shutter button just to capture that face, the interaction between couples or groups, a fashion, shoes, hairstyle or even just a hat that catches my eye….as Walker Evans wrote -“The guard is down and the mask is off”-.. I am however aware that an unpleasant situation could arise at any time so I try to use a bit of common sense and know where to draw the line, I try not to appear threatening or intrusive..the best street images for me are those of people caught going about their daily lives, saying that though if a subject shows an interest I will chat to them about my project and ask them to become part of a gallery. I have found people are more inclined to agree if I make them feel comfortable so I carry contact cards and always offer to email them a copy of any shots I manage to get. There is nothing illegal about photographing life on the streets so unless you are causing a hindrance or are on private property no one can stop you but I always think if someone asks you to stop taking pictures of them it’s generally a good idea to do so. Being a Sandgrownun my hometown, Blackpool, is a favourite place to shoot…colourful and noisy it’s full of atmosphere and character from Easter time all the way through till the end of the illuminations and there are photo opportunities everywhere. A walk along the crowded beach or promenade on a warm day offers a myriad of opportunities for street photography, everything from saucy post-card characters in kiss me quick hats to children building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. I use a Panasonic Lumix with a Canon FD 28mm lens for street shots trying to get as close as possible without intruding but also use a Lumix 45-200mm for less intrusive shots and street portraits.
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Dawn Mander, a Blackpool-based self taught photographer, exhibited worldwide,notably USA, Australia, Canada, Hamburg, Moscow Italy and U.K. and published internationally both in print and online. Dawn runs street photography walks in her hometown of Blackpool and gives talks at local colleges, schools and photography groups. In 2018 Dawn was nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines campaign celebrating women in photography and in 2019 exhibited with over 80 female photographers in the RPS 'Representation on the Line:(Un)framing our Identities' held in Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool. For the latter she also executed the roles of organiser and co-curator. Dawn continues to work on her #DocumentingBlackpool & #PortraitofBlackpool series and is currently creating and co-curating exhibitions and community art projects at HIVE Blackpool. 2021 - Format Mass Isolation Project. The Peoples Picture at Quad in Derby https://thepeoplespicture.com/massisolationformat 2021 - Double Trouble Festival, Women in Street/ Unexposed Collective exhibition at Bondi Beach and Brisbane Australia. 2020/21 Large Scale Images printed and exhibited in the HIVEArts Blackpool Tramstop Takeover. 2020 - Rankin 2020 book contributor 2020 - Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool contributor fro #worktownghosttown online documentary series, exploring the effects of pandemic and Covid lockdown on Blackpool. 2019 - RPS Chelsea, Doncaster and Blackpool 2019 - Women in Street Double Trouble collective exhibition in San Fransisco USA. 2019 - Works shown at Millepiani collective exhibitions In Rome Italy. 2019 - Stills photographer for Farrena Films - The Other Side with Valerie Hope. 2019 - Promotional images shown at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California USA 2019 - HotBed Press 20/20 print collective shown at Cube in Moscow. part of the Arrested ReDevelopment Collective Blackpool. 2019 - Publicity shots for Virgin Trains promoting travel to Blackpool. 2018 - exhibited and sold works at Manchester Art Fair. 2018 - Seaside Special Postcards from the Edge. Book Cover pub: BlueMoose Books 2018 - works exhibited at Hebden Bridge Art Fair 2015-2017. Local exhibitions in Blackpool: HIVE Blackpool, The Grundy Art Gallery, The Grand Theatre, It's A Gallery, Shaws, The Solaris Centre, The Galleon, Barista. Publications: 2020 - Rankin 2020 June 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. July 2015 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine. November 2016 - BLACK+WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY Magazine 2017 - The Guardian 2016 - The Guardian 2016 - Lancashire Life. 2015 - World Street Photography Book. View more posts