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Not the Final Major Project at HAF

When you hear the words ‘graduate show’, the heart tends to sink. So it was with some trepidation that HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to Hastings Arts Forum to see Not the Final Major Project, a graduate collaboration photography show between PhotoHastings and Brighton Fringe. But she couldn’t have been more wrong; her fears were totally unfounded. It is an 

Chasing the Dragon © Philip Volkers

Burning Man in St Leonards

Sometimes you think you know things and then realise that you simply don’t. Naively, HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths thought a festival was a festival was a festival – a gathering, mainly music-orientated with some side events. But bumping up against the Burning Man Festival, it explains on its website: ‘Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community.’ So that put her straight… i

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Beach visitors in focus for Coastal Currents

As part of Coastal Currents Malcolm Glover has taken his video camera to provide a close-up of people enjoying the beach in St Leonards-on-Sea. Judy Parkinson, a fan of the photographer, explains the background to the Groynes 41-42 project.

JJ Waller self-portrait

JJ Waller talks about Through The Lens Festival

After 11 years of being associated with St Leonards and Hastings, photographer JJ Waller is proud to finally be a part of the Coastal Currents festival this September. Erica Smith interviews him about his appearance at the inaugural Through The Lens Festival of Photography from 31 August to 8 September at St Mary in the Castle.

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New photography festival launches in Hastings

It is hard setting up a new project in Hastings because there is always so much going on; and a brand new photographic festival could have been labelled madness. There are a lot of good photographers in the area but photographers are notoriously lone wolves and do not like to be herded together. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to talk to the Through the Lens Festival team, Jo Kilmartin and Kim Hall, to find out more.  

Mryam with her father. Gaza 2015

Giles Duley: I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See

And through Giles Duley’s eyes, one enters and shares the world he observes; we see what resonates for him as he travels and traverses the planet. And it is the legacy of war that echoes for him, which is also the name of the charity he’s initiated, raising awareness of the legacy of war on people. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

MURAD, photo portrait by Giles Duley

Giles Duley: inspiring action and change

On 4th and 5th July, internationally renowned documentary photographer, Giles Duley, will be presenting his stories and images in his hometown for the first time, as part of a supper club at St Mary’s in the Castle. Duley has been working tirelessly, and with an unparalleled commitment in the face of grave danger, to reveal the simple humanity of those enduring conflict across the globe. His portraits of people who have been caught up in the chaos of war are profoundly personal, and take us deep into their stories and the reality of our shared human state. Felicity Laurence and Dan Matthews of Hastings Community of Sanctuary write.

Posted 09:37 Friday, Jun 15, 2018 In: Photography
Steve Strange on the Door at the Blitz © Terry Smith/BlitzClub /LucyBellGallery

Blitz kids at Lucy Bell

Lucy Bell Gallery is exhibiting some rarely seen photographs by Terry Smith of the Blitz Kids era. This was a club hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan on Tuesday nights in Covent Garden and went some way in launching the New Romantics Movement. This is a personal report by Janet Lyon about the time she worked there with Steve, “a young guy from Wales with a huge imagination”.

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