The Gate Darkroom acts as a portal, creating a space of transformation, a sanctuary away from the distractions of the everyday, to breathe, to think and to explore both alone and collectively. It is from this place of reflecting on our sense of being and belonging in an uncertain world that the exhibition this-place-meant has arisen.
In this-place-meant the practice of analogue photography is not only about 'drawing images with light'. Through the transmission of a wide range of technical knowledge, it is also a way of paying attention to what has been deemed unimportant by mainstream society. Each photographer/artist takes a different journey independently and collaboratively, exploring both traditional forms of photography and the many ways of experimenting with darkroom processes. Within a world of changing realities, things appear out of place and narratives are constantly shifting whilst navigating ways to help rebuild and reconnect.
The Gate Darkroom is a not-for-profit community interest company supporting people exploring darkroom-based photography. It operates a low-cost communal photography darkroom at Thames-Side Studios in Woolwich SE18. It is made up of a group of people from all walks of life creating a culture of inclusiveness with an ethos of sharing knowledge and resources that can help us all grow and better understand the world. www.thegatedarkroom.co.uk