FEATURE: Art project gives new perspective at Gestingthorpe pub
An art project set up in a pub vegetable garden has given regulars a new perspective on their local.
Artist Jackie Mellor has brought her touring exhibition to the gardens of her local pub, The Pheasant, in Gestingthorpe.
Jackie, who also runs Just Jaq Photography, has installed a camera obscura – Latin for ‘dark room’ – which is housed in a small building in the garden.
An image of the outside of the building is projected through a small pin hole.
Jackie said: “The art exhibit allows visitors to stand inside a darkened chamber and marvel at the image of the outer world projected on to a circular table.
“The simple controls inside enable visitors to change the angle of view and focus while observing life in The Pheasant vegetable gardens.”
Jackie’s exhibit is called Uniquely by Perception of Mind and it has been on tour all over the country at art galleries and cultural events.
She says her aim is to remind people where photography has come from.
“Capturing images of our life and sharing them with friends and family has never been easier,” she said.
“People born between 1980 and 1994 have never known life without digital photography, and their children are growing up in a time where social media is embedded deeply into every aspect of their lives.
“Therefore, it is good to be reminded of where photography has come from, and to consider how important it has become in influencing how we communicate and engage with each other and the world around us.”
Pheasant landlady Diana Donoghue said she would recommend a visit to view the camera.
She said: “We are looking forward to offering our visitors the opportunity to experience a unique view of our gardens, the moody skies, spectacular sunsets and beautiful setting across the fields.”
The camera obscura is also available to photography students and local artists for art and photography projects, said Jackie.
Soon after being built in 1997, Jackie’s project was shown in an open exhibition for artists living in Essex and Suffolk called On The Boarder.
“Since then, the camera obscura has been displayed 19 times in the UK and has now come close to home for its 20th destination, The Pheasant country pub,” added Jackie.