We believe the best way to learn about a place is to explore it. In a technology driven world that is becoming increasingly virtual we think that direct experience with the environment around you is important. Photography has long been a way of documenting the world and learning about it and we see the camera as a tool to help explore your environment, to help you look at it more closely. One thing that makes photography unique is that you have to confront reality when making the picture, you have to be there.
At out of place we aim to facilitate individuals and groups to explore, interact, and learn about their environment with photography. It is an opportunity for people to share their own observations about their own environment and raise awareness for issues important to them. Along the way participants develop practical skills in creative photography and new ways of seeing.
We believe the photobook has many strengths. Unlike exhibitions, they are physical objects that can be held and can be rediscovered in years to come. Books can act like a dialogue from one place to another, a way of passing on ideas far and wide, but also they are a democratic form of art where there is not just one original and many people can have a copy.
As part of our commitment to education, we provide talks and lectures on photography and photobooks. The photobook is an incredibly important and active part of creative photography. In our talks we look at the photobook from a historical point of view, offering a slightly different approach to traditional histories of photography, but also we look at their cultural impact and how they fit into present day uses of photography including social media and digital platforms for photography.