SCRAPBOOK photography exhibition and book

SCRAPBOOK is stunning photo-book, a citywide and onsite photographic exhibition.

The piece is the result of a ten month collaboration between Esther and the children who came to a weekly photo-club at the legendary St Paul’s Adventure Playground.

The city-wide exhibition will run all of September, while the onsite show opens at the playground on Friday 4th September and runs until 6th September.

‘Mind bogglingly amazingly brilliant… utterly overwhelmed by the beauty and energy in this.  I’m speechless’, Guy Dobson Co Executive Director & Co Founder of APE and St Paul’s Adventure Playground.

cover of SCRAPBOOK, Adventures in the Photographic Playground

The analogue photo-club explored how play-spirit, craft and heaps of improvisation can evolve into an inspiration for living. They took cameras apart, collaged, photographed and thought and played like artists. Emerging from the depths of collaboration, the book and exhibition reveal the risks and joys of throwing oneself into play and imagination.

The wonderful photos and artworks are to be exhibited on poster boards around Bristol as well as at the playground itself in an immersive onsite exhibition at the playground which will offer the public the chance to come see the exhibition, drink tea, play and attend workshops.

The book and exhibition attests to the crucial work of St Paul’s Adventure Playground and others who support the hugely vital need for us to muck around and make things up. Universally, the work is an inspirational guide to see what happens when ‘play is the place’ and ‘each one teaches one’.

I love this project,’ says Rob Hopkins, writer and founder of theTransition Movement, ‘It captures exquisitely why play matters, and why imagination matters in 2020. And even better, it gives the camera to the kids to allow them to capture it, to show the bits they love, the aspects they treasure. This book is as much a treat for the reader’s imagination as the St Pauls Adventure Playground is for the imagination of the kids who attend it.’

“Over the autumn the children and I made photos, jumped through the air and fooled around with analogue cameras. Our first photo-club session coincided with Strike for Climate Justice (led by school children). Winter arrived and, losing the light, we took a break. Brexit became official. In 2020 the club returned and we continued our photo experiments until the Corona virus took hold and ‘Ventures’ was shut. Over the months of lockdown there was an arson attack on the playground, Black Lives Matter brought people into the centre and the statue of Edward Colston came down. During these times we made the book and curated the exhibition.” Esther

Book available (here) from 14 August