The Itinerant is a reworking of the Victorian beach photographer, which sees the creation of coastal-based photographic happenings using antique and unpredictable processes. Small mobile darkrooms are built by the sea, creating a spectacle and allowing viewers to have their portrait made and see it instantly develop. The photographs are then displayed outside of the darkroom, creating a temporary exhibition of the day’s participants.
The project is based in Margate and Blackpool and has been supported by Arts Council England and the CCCU Centre for Research on Communities & Cultures.
Walpole Bay, Margate
Comedy Carpet, Blackpool
In addition to the Walpole Bay and Blackpool events we decided to return to Margate and make photographs on the main sands of visitors celebrating Jamaican Independence Day. For this we used Impossible Project 8x10" instant film and a beach hut to develop the images during the day.
Jamaica Day, Margate