Video recorders, transistor radios and Polaroid cameras are all taking the slow trudge to the darkened room marked 'Soon to be obsolete.' However, the instant photographer's once must-have item is being given a new lease of life by becoming the instrument of choice for three female artists living in the borough of Hillingdon.
Jan Frith from Uxbridge, Beth Hardman of Ruislip and Gabrielle Dempster from Harrow have teamed up to display a selection of their individual works at the ANZAC Centre in Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield. The exhibition, called One of a Kind, opened in early August and will finish on October 20.
Jan says: "We have been working as a team since we graduated from the Northwick Park campus of the University of Westmister in 2000.
"We have been working together to put on exhibitions with the hospital for a couple of years and were really keen to use the space available to put on a display of two dimensional work.
"We have used Polaroid cameras as our chosen media and I personally think they are intriguing and challenging to work with. The work is very honest and because the images cannot really be manipulated, what you see is what you get. The show is called One of a Kind because we feel the work is unique with every piece being different."
Themes covered by the exhibition include obsolete technology such as gramophones and discarded laptops, capturing images of light and recording events that tend to go by unnoticed.
Since the opening of the exhibition, the trio have received diverse feedback. Jan say: "All of life is present within the show and every viewer responds to the subject matter differently. So far the display has been seen by a wide range of people which is really positive.
"There aren't that many opportunities to exhibit contemporary art in Hillingdon and normally if you wanted to see some modern works you would have to travel into London. Having said that I'm a big fan of the Brunel University galleries which I think are fantastic.
"We are all passionate and believe in our work and what we do. I feel it's an artist's job to give the viewer some background and small clues about what the work is about. I hope that we have done that with this exhibition." [25cf] One of a Kind runs until October 20, at Harefield Hospital's Anzac Centre, in Hill End Road, daily from 9am-6pm. Ask at the main reception for directions to the exhibition.