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Two men with arms around one another looking at the camera. In black and white.
Two local men posing for the camera - photo by Jonathan Turner

Story by Steve Pool | Photo by Jonathan Turner

Two men with arms around one another looking at the camera. In black and white.
Two local men posing for the camera – photo by Jonathan Turner

Photographer Jonathan Turner is setting up photo shoots with a difference around the area. He is using a process involving collodion plates which were used in fairgrounds over 100 years ago. The camera can only take one picture at a time and you have to hold the same pose for around six seconds. Jonathan develops the picture there and then in a mobile darkroom, this sounds grand but is just a small tent sat on an old pram. Everyone that takes part will receive a one-off print in the post and Jonathan is hoping to put all the images together online.

Jonathan says:
“The first shoot took place at Burngreave cemetery and we ended up with a bit of a queue, but people brought out tables and chairs and cups of tea – next time I think we will make a cake and bring some dominos. Everything is so fast with technology, it’s nice sometimes
to slow everything down a bit.”