Friday, March 30, 2007

Weathering Heights in Camera Obscura

We read in The Telegraph & Argus about a project on the Brontë Parsonage Museum:

A group of sight-impaired youngsters are set to produce a photographic exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

The children will work alongside local photographic artist Simon Warner to create the unique Bronte photographic exhibition, which will be entitled The Collecting Place.

Using a giant portable walk-in camera obscura, the children will step back in time to take on the role of pioneering photographers, who may have visited the area in the 18th century.

They will produce large photographic negatives of 3ft square from inside the camera's black tent and will focus on the literary landscapes associated with the Brontes.

Mr Warner, who will begin working with the children next month, said: "I am delighted to be involved with sight-impaired young people on this adventurous project."

Altogether the youngsters - aged 10 to 15 - will spend six days working on the piece that will feature at the Bronte Parsonage Museum from May 1 to June 11.

The project - funded by Arts Council England and part of the Bronte Society's new contemporary arts programme 2007 - is supported by Bradford Social Services.
(Pam Ross)

Simon Warner was also the photographer of the the recent book The Brontës at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale.

The Palm Beach Daily News
covers some activities complementing the performances of Polly Teale's Jane Eyre by the Acting Company:
The Acting Company will perform its stage adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre today through Sunday at the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse. But its visit will extend beyond the stage.

This week, actor Christian Conn has been working with students at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts on scenes from Shakespeare. Today through Tuesday, he will be at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he will focus on Jane Eyre in two senior seminars and will teach classes in voice, diction and acting. (Jan Sjostrom)

The Brussels Brontë Blog post abouts the story of the Brontë-Héger letters:
Jennifer O'Grady is confused by certain discrepancies between different accounts of what happened to Charlotte's letters to M. Heger. She has sent the following queries in the hope that someone may be able to throw light on the aspects she finds puzzling. (Read more)
And now for something completely different, Weathering Heights. Actually we can imagine John Cleese reading this:
I wonder what Emily Bronte and her characters would have thought about downloading weather reports from circling satellites and reading them on electronic handheld devices. Weather was certainly an important aspect in the setting of her 1847 novel, Wuthering Heights, and weather is still an important element in our daily lives. Accordingly, it is not just a matter of convenience but often a matter of vital importance to have access to accurate weather information. What could be handier than having instant access right on your Today screen? (...) (Tim Hillebrand)
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