Innovative photography project to launch in Cardiff

January 15, 2011 7 Comments »
Innovative photography project to launch in Cardiff

One of the images from the first-ever issue of 'Hours'

A first-of-its-kind photography magazine is to be launched in Cardiff by two former UWIC students.

The ‘Hours Zine’ is the brainwave of fine art graduates Molly Rooke and Matthew Shearer, both 23, and focusses on taking photography ‘back-to-basics’.

Each month one photographer will be chosen at random and given a disposable camera and 24 hours to take photos, the results will then be developed and published as a magazine.

Matthew, who works for The Print Centre in Cardiff, said the idea was all about preventing the urge of editing: “Photoshop can turn a terrible photo into something incredible very quickly. It becomes much more about what they‘re taking a photo of.”

There is no selection process behind each issue, a name is simply drawn out of a hat.

“Photography is so accessible, anyone can do it, it’s so easy to use,” Molly said. “You don’t need an art degree to take part – just an idea.”

Despite the flagship issue being focussed on South Wales, the creators say they’ll open it up to anyone, anywhere.

The project was born last week, and their first issue is already in print, with Molly taking the first set of photographs – of Barry Island.

The ‘zine’ is entirely self-funded, and the only profit made will go to towards the production of the next issue.

Despite having a dedicated blog for the project, the pair insist that the printed copy will be the focus.

“We’re in a Facebook generation. People will see a photo, and then straight away ask people to delete them. I would much rather buy something I can hold, than just look online. something tangible,” Matthew said.

“Every photo is a good photo when you’ve waited a month for it to develop.”

“It’s a step-back in technology, but a step forward in consideration. You can take thousands of photos in 24 hours, but what’s the point?”

What do you think about the project? Would you take part? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. SplottGirl January 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Sounds interesting. I did a similar thing with kids at St Mellons library a while back, so would be good to take part.

  2. SplottGirl January 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Sounds interesting. I did a similar thing with kids at St Mellons library a while back, so would be good to get involved.

  3. flatholmisland January 22, 2011 at 12:39 am - Reply

    If you can get a camera over to Cardiff's own little island, we'd love to have a go!

  4. hours zine January 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    If you're interested please do email your name and address over to and we shall enter you into our March draw for participants.

  5. John Paterson February 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed your first edition. Would love to take some pictures around Minehead.


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