Camper Obscura: Fifty Days of Devonport

Devonport Community First Partnership is proud to host Fotonow's Camper Obscura: Devonport Regeneration Retrospective Exhibition, at Devonport Live Cafe on George Street, between the 13th and 24th of January.

In 2010, Fotonow CIC was commissioned by Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership, DRCP, to capture as many photographs as they could in fifty days. The photographs were never exhibited – so this event is to showcase a retrospective of the images.

Creative Directors at Fotonow CIC and the founders of the Camper Obscura project, Matthew Pontin and Jonathan Blyth, were delighted that the community in Devonport can now see their prints after five years of waiting

Matthew explained , 'Fotonow relocated to Devonport two years ago and we've been trying to do more project work in the community. To have this exhibition up as the first show in a new cultural hub in the city is very pleasing, and it complements the permanent exhibition of community portraits at St Aubyn's superbly.’

Jonathan said, ‘Thanks to Devonport Live Cafe venue we have been able to return our photographs back to the community where they were made. It has been rewarding to see our work in print, after five years of running the Camper Obscura and developing a community archive.’

Clint Jones, Development Manager for Devonport Community First Partnership think it’s fantastic the photos are on show after years of waiting.

He said, ‘We are pleased to be working with local partner organisation Fotonow to finally be able to exhibit the commissioned work from the final months of DRCP.

Fotonow are a fantastic example of the way in which DRC funding has enabled new business to thrive in Devonport and we are proud to have them within the community.’

The feedback from the public, who have been to see Fotonow’s exhibition, have enjoyed viewing the contrast of photographs which are on display.

Lizzie Toms, local lecturer at City College Plymouth, said, ‘The exhibition is a wonderful insight to the Devonport Community and you can sense there is a lot of unity in the project.’

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