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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 23:15

Encounters with strangers

petecarrPhotographer Peter Carr is set to launch an innovative Social Media photography experiment at this weeks Social Media Cafe.

Encounters with strangers is billed as a photography exhibition that merges the real and virtual worlds

The unique exhibition will be part of the Look11 festival photography festival  and will feature portrait photos of strangers – nothing unusual there perhaps. However instead of displaying these portraits in the traditional manner in a gallery, the photographer is using social media to let the public encounter each photo out on the street in the location where it was taken.

Anyone with a smartphone will be able to download a free map that takes them out of the galleries and onto the streets of Liverpool and the Wirral to find the photographs. You will only be able to see each photograph and read about the person in it when you are in the right location. Pete explains that the exhibition developed out of a project he started in 2009, which challenged him to approach strangers and ask to take their picture;

strangers Pete CarrThe project really showed me the power of photography. Photography gives you a reason to engage with people, to talk with strangers on the street and learn about their lives. This started me thinking about the use of technology and how we engage with people. Social media is all about networking with strangers, which is something that people are much more comfortable with online. Why you ask? As photography helped me to meet some fascinating people I felt it was appropriate to use social media to engage the public with these portraits in a whole new way.

“The great thing about this exhibition is that it isn’t restricted by opening hours or admission charges. My photos will be out there for anyone to see for free, at any time of day. You don’t even have to be interested in photography to get involved. I really hope that some people stumble upon them by chance in the right location and are intrigued enough to seek out a few more. Maybe they’ll meet some interesting people along the way.

Described as “the 21st century Chambré Hardman” in a review of his 2008 exhibition, Pete Carr is one of the most prominent photographers in the local area today. His local base is ideal for his passion of documenting the street life, major events and incredible scenery of Liverpool, the Wirral and the surrounding area. Pete publishes his photographs on his award winning daily photoblog Vanilla Days and highlights are included in his books ‘Port of Culture’ and ‘HDR Photography workshop’.

In addition to his solo exhibition Pete has exhibited widely at venues including the Tate, Open Eye Gallery, St George’s Hall, Anglican Cathedral and the National Media Museum in Bradford. His commercial work is extremely sought after, with one of his iconic shots of the Liverpool waterfront used as the key image in a major campaign by the Mersey Partnership promoting the city across the UK in 2010. His photographs have also been featured in the Guardian, the Times and the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo. Pete works as a commercial and documentary photographer and can be contacted via his website and further information will be on nearer the time.

Pete is launching the experiment at Social Media Cafe Liverpool on Thursday evening the 10th February - you can find further information and free tickets.

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