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The William Blake Imagination
Photo Booth

The William Blake Imagination Photo Booth

Following in the great tradition of the seaside photo booth, the
City to Sea Project and New York City based artist Rebecca Locke will be presenting the 'William Blake Imagination Photo Booth'. Join us on the bandstand in Bognor Regis at sunset for this unique interactive experience. Intended for all members of the public, it runs for two nights only—Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9.

This project is inspired by the epic poetry of William Blake, whose seaside cottage still stands just to the east of Bognor Regis Butlins. The West Sussex seaside was the setting and inspiration for much of Blake’s work. In his famous poem 'Jerusalem' Blake wrote, "In Felpham I heard and saw the Visions of Albion". Blake had a high regard for the imagination, and the 'unseen' for him was far more important and real than what could be seen.

And so, in honour of the great poet, and with the sea and the night sky as a backdrop, the 'Imagination Photo Booth' will be an interactive photo-portrait event. Members of the public will have the unique opportunity to create their own photo-portraits using the original and fun painting-with-light technique. Teams on the beach will help participants use lights and torches to draw anything they can imagine and then photographers will finish the pictures by taking the participants’ photo. Hence the 'imagination photo booth'—for this experience is all about taking photos of things that can be imagined or envisioned rather than what is there to be seen.

Then, following this event, on Friday, March 15 there will be a large-scale projection on the side of Bognor Pier and the Shoreline Hotel, Butlins including photos from the 'Imagination Photo Booth'. Also, a selection of photos will be printed at large scale and installed in shop windows throughout the town as a pop-up exhibition. In addition, participant's portraits will be available here.

The 'William Blake Imagination Photo Booth'
Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9

From 6:00PM to 9:00PM (sign up from 5:30PM)
The Bandstand, Promenade, Bognor Regis, W. Sussex

Projections on the Pier Exhibition
Friday, March 15 from sunset

Come and see photos from Magnum and the William Blake Imagination Photo Booth projected on the side of Bognor Pier and Butlins Shoreline Hotel. More images will be exhibited in shop windows throughout the town.

The William Blake Imagination Photo Booth, Projections on the Pier and the Pop-up Exhibition are part of a series of events celebrating Magnum Photos coming to Bognor Regis for the Magnum City to Sea Project. This includes a forthcoming Magnum Photos workshop in the town and an evening with Magnum Photographer Peter Marlow. For more details of the Magnum City to Sea Workshop visit: More...

An Evening with Peter Marlow, Magnum Photos
Monday, March 11 from 6:30PM

Magnum photographer Peter Marlow will deliver a presentation of his photographic career to members of the public. More...

Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos is a prestigious international photography agency founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier Bresson and Robert Capa, with offices in London, Paris, Tokyo and New York.

City to Sea Project
The City to Sea Project, developed at Goldsmiths, University of London, presents the work of artists, photographers and urban researchers that explores the relationship of the city to the sea.
Details of the City to Sea Project can be found at:

Rebecca Locke
Rebecca Locke is a New York City based artist. A graduate of Goldsmiths and curator of City to Sea, the artist's practice has been inspired by her hometown of Bognor Regis and the British seaside. Rebecca exhibits internationally, and has had recent screenings at the Bienal de Fotografía, Lima, Peru and The British Library in London.

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A City to Sea event made possible by Butlins, Goldsmiths, University of London, Arun District Council and Bognor Pier Leisure Ltd.

The Big Blake Project
For more information about William Blake's association with the area and details about the William Blake Trail in Felpham and Bognor Regis visit