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#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival

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#zineswap at Northern EYE Festival

Continuing our experiment to encourage more photographers in Wales to liberate their images off hard drives and share them in print, Ffoton & The Northern Eye Festival are partnering to introduce a new ZINE SWAP event for the Festival speakers weekend (12-13 October 2019.)

It's really simple…

If you have a personal photography project (completed, in-progress or experimental) just bring it along in the form of a A4 zine. All we ask is you bring along two copies of the same zine to swap with other willing photographers. By the end of the weekend, we hope ‘swappers’ will be taking home photography they admire by two others in a unique, limited edition zine format.

Daunted by the prospect of putting a zine together and the potential cost of producing it? Fear not, there is a special Zine sections on the Ffoton website for Resources and a new Print Guide written in collaboration with online digital print experts Mixam.

By using the Mixam 'test print' option (HERE) to upload your zine pages or artwork, you can receive two free copies of a fully printed and stable-bound zine of up to 16 pages for just £1.80 to cover postage.

Bargain!- there has never been an easier way to test out ideas and proof your projects in print!

And on the off chance you might have more than one photography projects tucked away on your computer that merit Zine liberation, you can use the Mixam test print service once every 30 days - meaning you can get busy between now and the weekend of 12-13 October and potentially bring along six different zines (2 copies of each) to the Northern EYE. More Swaps!

We can't wait to see some new photography in A4 zine format! This larger size offers a few more creative options to incorporate text, narrative, graphics etc alongside larger images - and A3-size spreads!

Visit our Zine pages via the links below for some tips and ideas on producing your own zines…

A couple of very simple T&C’s:

  • Only open to holders of Northern Eye speakers weekend/day tickets

  • For the purposes of this #zineswap please stick to the 16 side A4 format (you are free to choose any other paper weight/finishing options you desire)

  • Both printed copies must be made available for ‘swapsies’

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The South Wales Project

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The South Wales Project

Jon Pountney (right) introduces the South Wales Project and fellow members Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters.

Anna Jones describing some of her work as family members look on.

Formed late 2018 by photographers Jon Pountney, Dan Wood, Rebecca Thomas, Anna Jones and Siôn Marshall-Waters - the South Wales Project announced they would hold a forum on Saturday 13 April 2019 in Ynyshir to explain more about their plans do document the South Wales Valleys and also provide information on how other photographers could contribute to the project.

The above recording was made on the day alongside a recording of Paul Cabuts CHAPEL talk in The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir. The South Wales Project also feature alongside six other photography Collectives in a six page article in Offline Journal Issue #2, published April 2019.

You can follow developments on The South Wales Project and their work via Instagram and Twitter

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The Northern Eye International Photography Festival

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The Northern Eye International Photography Festival

The Northern Eye International Photography Festival website is now live and tickets available to book online - including exclusive 'Early Bird' tickets during August!

Glenn Edwards, photojournalist and Director of the EYE International Photography Festival, describes what to expect at the Northern Eye International Photography Festival - a new collaboration between the Oriel Colwyn photography gallery and Aberystwyth-based Eye Festival that is taking place in Colwyn Bay 14-15 October 2017.

Tickets for the full Festival weekend or individual days are now available.
Click the button below to grab one!

Take a look at the full Festival Programme and more information on associated events running through October on the Festival website www.northerneyefestival.co.uk

Follow them on Twitter @Northerneyefest

Banner image: The Los Angeles Recordings © Kwasi-Boyd-Bouldin (exhibition at the Northern Eye Festival)

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In Progress

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In Progress

We thought we'd give more photographers the opportunity to share their current work with a large online audience by using the Medium platform which already has a thriving community of photographers and Publications. We're interested in seeing a selection of images from a project you are currently working on along with a short introductory paragraph describing how the project came about and the approach being taken in making the work.

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Pixelrights offer 30% discount to Ffoton followers

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Pixelrights offer 30% discount to Ffoton followers

Announced a few weeks back with our sixth #urbanwales ticket winner for The EYE International Photography Festival, Pixelrights have partnered with Ffoton to offer our followers and Podcast subscribers a massive 30% discount on all new Pixelrights online portfolio accounts - for the lifetime of the account!!

If you're looking to refresh your photography website or create your very first online photography portfolio to promote your work, take a few moments (or 14 days with the free trial!) to explore the features offered by Pixelrights and compare them to other hosted website alternatives. We're sure you'll agree that the 30% discount (for the lifetime of your account) offers fantastic value for money, with the added benefit of leading-edge technology working behind the scenes to protect your image copyright. 

We've provided some of the background to their new technology below, but have a look at this in-depth interview with Pixelrights executives on Shutterbug for more detail on the copyright security advances made by the company.

Pixel rights, based here in the UK, have created their new .PXLR image format for the benefit of the online photographic and creative community. The .PXLR image format improves the rendering of your images on screen and helps to protect your photos from accidental and intended theft, through the use of technology and notifying/educating visitors to your website.

For those interested in the technical wizardry behind the scenes, here's what happens when you upload one of your photograph JPEG's to your Pixelrights account...
Pixelrights image server converts the original JPEG into the encrypted .PXLR format, creating ready-to-transmit image data files at several sizes which are cached on their servers, in increments of 50-100px.
When the SmartFrame is rendered in the front end, the most appropriate size is selected and displayed. In order to achieve 100% pixel-perfect rendering, SmartFrame can be set to resize in the same increments as the cached image data files. 
This is the technique used in all Pixelrights portfolios and it helps to avoid blurred images and render quality visuals each time, particularly noticeable when resizing patterns and thin lines.

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