Culture Laser: Shot at dawn

January 9, 2015

Ryan talks with Chloe Dewe Mathews about her moving photography project Shot at Dawn which focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. You can see it at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and Tate Modern in London. More info at: Presented by Ryan Van Winkle @rvwable and produced by Colin Fraser @kailworm of Culture Laser Productions @culturelaser We acknowledge the financial support of Creative Scotland for our 2014 season.

Ryan joins Screen Bandita in the Battersea Arts Centre

October 30, 2013

I’ll be in London this weekend working on a scratch theatre piece with Screen Bandita, cooking up some collage poems with your old photos and spools of super 8 film. It’s at the Battersea Arts Centre, Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm, and it’s totally free. See you there!

Screen Bandita and Ryan Van Winkle invite you to contribute to their participatory, community gathering: a welcoming space in which to share, speak and see.

Do you have any spools of Super 8 film or old slides gathering dust in the attic? Bring them along and we’ll project them for you! And if you have any old photographs you’d like to share, come and display them in our pop-up gallery! Soundtracking the afternoon will be a pair of antiquated Russian gramophones and a myriad of interesting records from our collection.

Poet Ryan Van Winkle would be pleased to see any old newspaper clippings, scrapbooks or to talk about memorable local events. We’ll also have copies of posters and clippings from the BAC archive and Ryan will be leading a workshop on ‘collage poems’ melding your own history with that of the area.

Suitable for young and old, this friendly, informal session is a chance to rediscover films from your collection, as well as an opportunity share memories, recollections and stories.

What: Bring Your Own Archive with Screen Bandita

Where: Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5TN

When: Sunday 3 November, 10am-1pm

How Much: FREE

An Old Photographer Gives Up

January 17, 2009

An Old Photographer Gives Up
Dear camera, today we are glaucoma.
Better now to use you in some other way:
    paint you for the suffering,
    walk you like a broke dog,
    give you to the Slav reporter.

I cannot hold you any closer, stand
to hear painters tease money from seaside faces:
    noose you around another neck,
    sink you with stones in your pocket,
    cut your lens deep, leave you in the tub.

We have seen so much black and white, have toned
and contrasted. I never thought it could get so dark.
    I would take you with me
    but I cannot see to shoot,

cannot wait till milk develops; half clear, half white,
cannot half-watch the while pass.

<originally published in November 2007 in V: An Anthology of International Writing From Edinburgh from Edinburgh University Press>