Photo project aims to capture village life

Photo courtesy of Katie Smith
Photo courtesy of Katie Smith

People in Swineshead are picking up their cameras and getting snapping as part of a unique project.

Entitled ‘One Summer in Swineshead,’ the aim is to create a photo-archive of village life as experienced by its residents.

Artist Katie Smith, who grew up in Swineshead, has put together the project after being commissioned by Transported, a community programme to get people involved in arts activities.

Participants have been ‘crowd-sourced’ by Katie via the Swineshead Facebook group and each given a disposable camera and a photo log to record their thoughts and feelings.

They are to use the first nine shots on the camera and then pass it onto a friend, colleague or neighbour.

The rules are that each participant must live in the village of Swineshead, each image to be taken in the village and the camera must be shared by at least three different members of the Swineshead community.

The project will be finalised later this year with an exhibition and a catalogue of the photographs that have been taken.

Katie said: ‘When I am commissioned by an organisation I am usually expected to work towards a goal that brings some form of change or transformation within the community and my work with Transported is no exception.

“It’s my hope that One Summer in Swineshead will contribute to this mission in an exciting and innovative way.”

Katie will build an online gallery of all photographs collected so that they can be viewed and added to at any time, even once the project has finished.

The project can be followed online via Katie’s blog at