Four local Grahamstown igers, in collaboration with @Igersgrahamstown got together to run a community based iphoneography exhibition over the National Arts Festival. Robyn Oosthuysen, Design Ardour company owner; Judith Belle, wedding and lifestyle photographer; Leolita Maroun, owner of Homeground Coffee Roasters; and Claire Brear, manager of the @igersgrahamstown community worked together to brainstorm the concept, come up with a strategy, develop a theme, set time frames and a budget for the project.
We decided to build a collage style photo wall made up of over 140 pics along the theme #ilovegrahamstown which then became our project hashtag. We announced the project via @igersgrahamstown Instagram account and Facebook page as well as via our own social networks. The project was self-funded and included over 30 local mobile photographer's work being exhibited over the period of the National Arts Festival, held annually in Grahamstown. The block mounted 14cm x 14cm photos were also up for sale. In addition, we hosted an opening event as well as two instawalks as part of the project.
For the duration of the exhibition, we also posted a daily feature of one of the photographers on the @igersgrahamstown account, and on our Facebook page. The instawalks included local igers as well as visiting Instagram enthusiasts from other parts of the country.
For those of you planning on organising a similar community photo project, you might be interested in our exhibition guidelines, opening exhibition notes, or the gallery of the #ilovegrahamstown features.