Open Bridges exhibition at Hull International Photography Festival

Highly recommend a visit to Hull International Photography Festival in Princes Quay, Hull, HIP Gallery. Lots of exhibitions including Open Bridges Engines and Insects exhibition of Rich’s fabulous big pattern photographs of the River landscape.which you can see in the gallery on the main entrance concourse. Open afternoons until 28th Oct free of charge. Info and pictures at the link

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The Open Bridges: Engines and Insects exhibition is now open at Hull Intentional Photography Festival – HIP Fest – in Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull. It’s on the main entrance corridor until October 28th, free entry to the Open Bridges element of the festival.

The Engines and Insects exhibition is part of Open Bridges, a growing series of photographs of the landscape and buildings on the journey down the River Hull as never seen before.

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Rich took the photographs on the Open Bridges barge journey down the River and then transformed them into patterns in the style of photographer Horst P Horst’s ‘Patterns from Nature’ (1946), originally inspired by Karl Blossfeldt at the turn of the 20th century. He carefully made each image by taking a section of the original source photograph and manipulating it digitally using basic darkroom techniques of splitting, mirroring and tessellating the image to create the exhibition pieces.

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Open Bridges, the next chapter

A River Full Of Stories is up and running. Last night’s Open Bridges anniversary celebration and launch was a whirlwind. Thanks to everyone who came to join us, it was terrific to have a drink and a chat after the films and music – high five to the whole team and everyone involved so far. R&L

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Thank you to everyone who came to join us for the Open Bridges first anniversary evening and launch of A River Full Of Stories last night. Rich & I spent the afternoon hanging the first installment of the new A River Full Of Stories exhibition with the original Open Bridges exhibition in the theatre at Kardomah94 ready for the evening’s programme. After a drink and a chat as everyone looked round the exhibition the show opened with a lively taster of the River Full Of Stories films of the first memory sharing days on the river and at Hull Maritime Museum.

To celebrate the anniversary, we were delighted to introduce composer John Stead’s live quadraphonic diffusion of his composition, Moments in Time to accompany the Open Bridges film. The beautiful film, edited by Philip Codd was made by 16 film makers on the night at each bridge and from the…

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Open Bridges First Anniversary

It’s a year since Open Bridges made history when for the first, and only time, all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017. The next installment of Open Bridges, A River Full Of Stories launches tonight in Hull. See you there if you are coming, click here for details

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

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Stop Press: Open Bridges made history when for the first, and only time, all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017.

Open Bridges Hull: “A truly memorable evening when we all worked together to overcome the odds and produce something spectacular. Thanks to all that made this possible and to our VIP guests”  HMS Pickle Captain Mal Nicholson

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Open Bridges Thirteenth Flare – photograph by Graeme Oxby

There were so many adventures during Open Bridges, and everyone who was part of it had a different story to tell. While the Motor Barge Syntan sailed down the River Hull HMS Pickle and Humber Keel Comrade – with Humber Rescue on the river – prepared to meet where the river flows into the Humber estuary. Then, at 20:17 hours on…

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Neville’s Ghosts

We’ve had two terrific Open Bridges River Hull memory sharing days at Hull Maritime Museum – full of enlightening, moving and fascinating stories. In between River tales Neville shared his ghost stories with us…have a listen…

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Who believes in ghosts? The Open Bridges River Hull memory sharing morning at Hull Maritime Museum last weekend was enlightening, moving and entertaining. In between stories of life on the River Hull former River Man Neville Pinder shared his ghost stories with us…

Neville made the Hull Daily Mail in 1958 with his rafting escapades on the River Hull when he was a boy. More about that soon…

The idea for A River Full Of Stories came about when many of the 2000 visitors to the Open Bridges exhibition inside Scale Lane Bridge told us fascinating stories and memories of their lives working on and around the river.  We wanted to capture these memories and stories and share them with future generations. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will produce a film, exhibition, website and book.

Do you have memories about life on and around the River Hull over…

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Open Bridges Anniversary Event

It’s the first anniversary of our Open Bridges night on Saturday 22nd September, and we’d like to invite you to the first anniversary celebration.

Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry, but please let us know if you are coming.

Celebrating Open Bridges, when for the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two.

There will be a live quadraphonic performance of the Open Bridges music ‘Moments in Time’ by the composer John Stead to accompany the Open Bridges film, made by Humber Film Creative Community, the opening of the new exhibition, and the introduction of the next instalment of Open Bridges, ‘A River Full Of Stories’.

All welcome, free entry but please let us know if you are coming. Click here to contact us

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

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Open Bridges Anniversary and introduction to A River Full Of Stories

Saturday 22nd September at Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AN. Doors 7.30 pm, free entry.

Celebrating Open Bridges, when for the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two.

There will be a live quadraphonic performance of the Open Bridges music ‘Moments in Time’ by the composer John Stead to accompany the Open Bridges film, made by Humber Film Creative Community, the opening of the new exhibition, and the introduction of the next instalment of Open Bridges, ‘A River Full Of Stories’.

All welcome, free entry but please let us know if you are coming. Click here to contact us

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges Anniversary NightPrint

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Skipsea – Isle of Ships

Following our exploration of the north and north-west sources of the River Hull we followed the river’s tributaries north-east to Skipsea and Barmston. Skipsea is the site of one of the most recent major discoveries in British archaeology – hidden in plain sight for hundreds of years. Have a look at the link. If you would like to share memories of life on and around the River Hull for ‘Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories’ get in touch.

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Open Bridges: A River Full Of Stories – gathering stories to preserve the heritage of the River Hull, its bridges and the people and vessels which have used it over the years.

Skipsea Skipsea Iron-Age mound and Church

Following on from visiting the north and north-western sources of the River Hull, last weekend we followed the river’s tributaries north-east to Skipsea and Barmston. Skipsea is the site of one of the most recent major discoveries in British archaeology. Hidden in plain sight for hundreds of years, Reading University confirmed in 2016 that the Norman motte and bailey castle was in fact a massive 2,500 year old Iron Age burial mound.

Click the video to join us sitting sunshine looking at Skipsea mound waiting for the sun to set, imagining it’s past lives…

So the mound re-purposed by Drogo de la Beuvrière in 1086 after the Norman Conquest, Skipsea meaning “Isle of Ships”…

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