‘Bringing a Photo to Life’

Sharmini Pereira, Curator of the exhibition ‘one hundred thousand small tales’, sets a fun activity using this photograph.

Bring a photo to life Cover

The title of this artwork is ‘St. Peter’s Old Boys’ Reunion’.
It was made in 1991 by the artist Stephen Champion (b. 1959).

This work is a high quality reproduction photograph made from the original taken by the artist. See the full caption

 

 

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(1) “Look at the photograph ‘St Peter’s Old Boys Reunion’ by Stephen Champion.”

(2) “These men are dancing, but what are they dancing to?”

(3) “I would choose a track by the late Manu Dibango, called ‘Soul Makossa’ to which we will dance.⁣”

(4) “Search for ‘Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango (Original)’ on YouTube, and spend some time listening to it

(5) “Spend 1-minute dancing to ‘Soul Makossa’.”

From this worksheet I will find out:
–I can look at a photograph, and ask questions about it
–I can make up my own actions using an artwork as my inspiration

Step 1
Look closely at the photograph. Pay attention to all the details. Make a list of the details. Are they big details? Or are they small ones? Can small details still be important? What do you think?

Step 2
Ask questions. What is happening? What are the people in the photograph doing? Be inquisitive and ask all the questions you can think of.

Step 3
Answer these questions. Use your imagination. What do you think is happening in this photograph? There are no wrong answers.

Step 4
Use your answers to bring the photograph to life with your friends. You can tell them the story about the photograph, come up with a game, dance, and act out what you think they are doing. This might help you feel what it was like to be a part of that photograph. And, you might figure out why the artist took it.

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