When Michael came

In the run up to my trip to Louisville I thought it would be good to share some background to the project as a whole and some of the images I’ve generated to date – to give everyone a great insight into it all.

As mentioned in my summary post, Michael Brohm of Louisvillle, Kentucky (USA) visited Leeds on a partner cities project in March 2011. He had previously visited other sister* cities of Louisville over the years, including his long term project in and around the city of Perm, Russia.

*The terms, sister, twin and partner get used by different people and all seems to largely mean the same thing in relation to towns and cities.

We (Leeds City Council’s International Relations team and myself) set up a busy agenda for Michael – meeting local people who we thought represented modern Leeds. This was one of our learnings – not involving the visiting photographer enough and instead showing what we thought was best. However, this aside Michael had a busy trip, which included:

  • The Culture Vulture‘s 2nd Birthday
  • BettaKultcha at the Corn Exchange – Michael went on to present at PechaKucha Louisville – the city’s local chapter of the international phenomenon BettaKultcha is based on. Jon will be presenting there himself during his visit.
  • An exhibition, talk and workshop at Project Space Leeds of his Perm project.
  • A day in and around Bradford, including a visit to both the National Media Museum and Impressions Gallery (thanks, Anne)
  • A local emigree Polish family’s christening celebrations,  followed by a ‘photo safari’ capturing the bar-dwelling nightlife of Leeds (thanks, Lloyd!)
  • A final day where we visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a war veteran and finished in Leeds’ Temple Newsam Estate.

The following gallery shows some of my highlights from Michael’s trip – he presented his own feedback and images in a presentation during Photocamp Leeds 2011.

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If you prefer, you can view them over on using this ink.

As a final comment I’d like to thank everyone who made Michael’s trip a success – including Gill and Mick who hosted him brilliantly, East Street Arts who helped with the planning.

Tomorrow I’ll add a post including images from my first days in Louisville.

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