The Museum of Hope currently has 5 themes. We have yet to decide on the other themes. Often what is captured through a photograph under one theme suggests another theme. The Museum of Hope will also host a Cabinet of Curiosity that will show other works that do not quite fit into the themes or transfer to the postcard format or are using other disciplines like spoken word, poetry or story forms. Below is 5 of the themes and we invite you to explore them and experiment with what you feel fits into the themes for you. You do not have to submit photographs for every theme but you are welcome to do so. If you have any questions please email artist Helen Barry, her email is below.
Theme One: The Open Hand
Theme One invites you to place an item or object in your outstretched hand. The object can be reflective of an activity, an interest, offers a bit of breathing space or something that has given you hope or inspires positivity for you during this time.
Theme Two: Stepping Over The Threshold.
What do you consider when going outside into the community, stepping over the threshold, closing the front door and moving into the outside world to engage with others.
Theme Three: In my Space
This theme was initiated by one of the school groups. The task is to capture the other people living within your immediate domestic environment. The composition will offer a snippet of other people, perhaps from an unusual perspective whilst presenting an almost too close a proximity that almost feels like you can feel or hear their breath. Note: we do not want to be able to identify the people in the image.
Theme Four: A New World
You are invited to look at the world around you within your 5km radius. What do you see that you have never seen before? What is happening now to what was there in a pre-Covid world. This theme is quite broad and can be people engaging at a distance from each other, people queuing for take away coffee or at their local shop, empty sports grounds, empty streets devoid of cars, families cycling together. These images can be taken day of night. Note: please avoid taking direct images of peoples faces.
Theme Five: Hazy Days
Observing people’s mood being lifted when waking up to a bright blue sky inspired this theme. This theme invites you to be creative with what you place in the picture keeping the blue sky at its focal point. Play around with the geometric edges of buildings or the space between two buildings. Maybe you are lying on the grass with your feet in the air, your toes of tips of shoes appearing in the composition. Be playful and try to create an image that lifts your mood and/or suggests fun, lightness or just a lazy day off.
- When taking photographs please keep the setting on rectangular and do not set it at square as this will distort the images, when printed onto postcards.
- Experiment with the images, the content, angle, colour and lighting. Email email@example.com and I will respond to your images with suggestions to edit or select the one that works best with a specific theme.
- Please suggest themes and areas of interest that you feel we should document at this time.