Map Collective Photography Exhibition

A group of students on the UCLan’s Photography MA have formed the Map Collective. Today was the opening of an exhibition of their work. One of whom I helped out with some drone flying. They will be showcasing their work until to the 28th April 2017 in the PR1 Gallery, UCLan, Preston.

PR1 Gallery

The MAP Collective Photographers

The MAP Collective describes itself as

“…a collective of photographers based in the North of England with an interest in our impact on the environment.”

The photographers are:

Did someone say drones?

Graham Franklin was sent my way by John van Aitken (who has some work in the Tate right now) and asked me to help get some drone footage.

He was interested in augmenting his photography with some video footage and learning about the capabilities of drones. His work takes a psychogeographical approach to creating art based on human interaction with the environment.

So after a little flight planning and waiting for the weather to become better we went flying. I captured some video using a 3D RoboticsĀ Solo and Hero 4+ Silver. We flew around Sheddon Clough, just outside Burnley. A site previously used for hushing limestone and extracting gritstone. The landscape has changed considerably over the last five hundred years due to human activity. One of the most recent being the erection of wind turbines.

Kiln Fragments from Sheddon Clough

What next?

We are planning some another day of flying to capture some more aerial footage to further his education in the use of drones. There is plenty more of the moorland to cover and the changes made by humans over time. Graham is also now thinking of getting Permission for Commercial Operation from the Civil Aviation Authority. You need a PfCO if you want to make money from flying drones in the UK.

Drone Footage of Sheddon Clough

The Photography Exhibition

So if you would like to check out the Map Collective’s photography exhibition it is on until the 28th of April 2017 at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery (in the Victoria Building).

Sheddon Clough Photos on Display