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Photographic exhibition explores youth culture in Worthing

Released: Tuesday, 02 October 2018

A photographic exhibition which explores youth culture in Worthing opens at Colonnade House on Thursday as part of the one-month long Brighton Photo Fringe (BPF).

Worthing Artist-in-Residence, Jack Latham, has chosen to explore what it means for today's younger generation to grow up with two versions of themselves - the real one and the online one.

“Worthing has a reputation for its elderly demographic, so I thought it would be interesting to work with young people, exploring the way that, through social media, they have to negotiate two identities,” said Latham, who is originally from Wales, but now lives in Hove.

Known for his large format photography and slow camera techniques, Latham also addresses the way digital photography is now so instant and seemingly there forever. The pictures made during the residency were taken with a large format wooden camera and are hung on the walls of Colonnade House in a way which, when they are taken down, they will be destroyed.

“I wanted to show how the way we digest photography has changed. Today there is an oversaturation of images as we take photographs every minute of the day, and they are all also potentially stored forever. In the past that wasn't necessarily the case.”

“The format used means the pictures I take can sometimes take upwards of an hour to produce. Slowing the process of image making is very much part of my practice."

Latham has also been working this month with photography students at Northbrook College whose work will also be exhibited at Colonnade House from mid-October.

The exhibitions run until 28th October 2018, and Latham will talk about his Worthing project at Colonnade House this Thursday, 16th October 2018 at 6pm. The talk is free, but please register via the ticket link below:

Photo: Hanging pictures at the Photographic exhibition

PR18-173 - Hanging pictures at the Photographic exhibition

Photo: Two photos by Jack Latham of young people from Worthing

PR18-173 - Two photos by Jack Latham of young people from Worthing

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