Award-winning architectural photographer to lead Wisbech High Street Project’s photography workshops

Matt Emmett and the entry that won him the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award last year.

Matt Emmett and the entry that won him the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award last year.

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An internationally renowned architectural photographer has joined a project aiming to breathe new life into Wisbech High Street.

Matt Emmett, of Forgotten Heritage Photography and winner of the international Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award 2016, has lent his support to the £1.9 million Heritage Lottery funded Wisbech High Street Project.

Specialising in capturing abandoned heritage, Matt will be leading a new series of photography workshops which launch as part of the project in October.

The workshops will take place four times a year over three years to document the history of the High Street buildings as work to renovate them gets underway.

They will also offer local people the opportunity to learn more about their town while developing their photography skills.

Matt said: “When I heard about the opportunity to lead a photography project around Wisbech High Street it was inevitable that I would apply.

“These projects are a fantastic mix of gaining new skills and learning about your local area and history, both things I am personally a huge fan of.”

“I think the Wisbech High Street Project will have a big impact on people’s perception of the town. With no preconceptions before I arrived, I discovered a town full of interest, a place that wears its history very visibly, and photography is a great way to bring that to people’s attention.

“I think the photography workshops will play a role in changing perceptions too, and maybe bring a few new visitors to the town as well.”

The deadline to apply for a place on the workshops is September 4, with the first workshop taking place on October 7.

Supported by members of Wisbech and District Camera Club, the workshops will cover everything from basic camera skills, lens use and architectural photography skills to creating panoramic images, digital processing skills and social media skills.

Anyone interested in applying for the workshops should write a short statement about themselves, their photography experience and what they would like to get from the workshops and email it to Taleyna Fletcher, Fenland District Council’s Townscape Heritage Officer, at tfletcher@fenland.gov.uk

You can also apply through Wisbech High Street Project website at www.highstreetwisbech.org.uk or write to T.Fletcher, Room 59, Fenland Hall, March, Cambridgeshire, PE15 8NQ.

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