On Lower Marsh, in SE1, there is a lovely bookshop, café, culture hub and art space. It’s called Travelling Through. It focusses on world culture, art and travel. I have been very lucky to be invited by owner Emma Carmichael to show my work. “The Attachment to home” is about the way I see my homeland, Normandy, and its never changing seascapes and about my fascination for Britain post-war prefabs and how their residents are attached to them.
But I think Emma’s words are much better than mine to describe the show. The preview is Wednesday 29/06 from 6:30 pm. I’ll even give a bit of a talk! Please come and join us: Travelling Through, 131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE, entrance is £2. If you can’t make it the 29/04, I’ll give another talk on Prefabs on the 13/05, same place, same time, same price !
“The Attachment of Home: from the beaches of Normandy to the Post War Prefabricated Homes of Britain
Elisabeth Blanchet was born and brought up in Normandy. She is a photographer and her profession has allowed her to travel extensively across the world. However for this exhibition she focuses on two communities, one representing her upbringing in Normandy and the other, the dwellings and communities of Britain’s post war pre-fabricated homes.
The Pre-fabricated Home and Communities of Britain
With an occupation that continues to fuel her curiosity to discover and photograph communities across the world, here in the UK she encountered and became fascinated by the people who continue to inhabit the post war prefabricated homes initially built as temporary homes across post war Britain, a building with a predicted life span of 10 years.
Decades later a few of these buildings and their communities continue to exist and Elisabeth’s fascination with their story has taken her on a voyage of discovery around the UK to photograph a unique part of Britain’s heritage.
Elisabeth’s natural sensitivity towards the inhabitants of these communities has been rewarded with an opportunity to photograph some remarkable images and which provide us with an insight into their personal lives, a world which reflects a strong sense of place and pride.
Normandy: My Homeland
The second part of Elisabeth’s exhibition reflects images of her homeland and her French “sense of place” – the vast beaches of Granville and Jullouville. Perhaps a far cry from the images depicted in her UK photographs yet under the surface there are parallels to be drawn between these two lives which Elisabeth will discuss during her two talks at Travelling Through…
This is a unique opportunity for you to meet and hear Elisabeth talk about her work. Two dates have been set: Wednesday, 29th April 2015 at 7.00pm, or alternatively, Wednesday, 13th May 2015 at 7.00pm. Doors open from 6.30pm, entrance will be £2.00. It will be on a first come first served basis.
Light refreshments and drinks will be available until 8.45pm.”
Prints can be ordered at a special discounted rate of 10%. Cards and postcards and her book entitled “Prefab Homes” will be available for purchase on the night.