Bloomfield Talks

Editorial photography commissioned by the community arts project Bloomfield Talks in Blackpool

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Introduction to Bloomfield Talks

Bloomfield Talks was a year-long oral history project commissioned by Blackpool Council that ran between July 2008 and May 2009.

Lead by internationally renowned artist Simon Grennan, a team of volunteers were brought together specifically for the project and I was commissioned to document the launch event and contribute photographs to the Bloomfield Talks book.

Ranging in age from late teens to late seventies, the volunteers engaged other local people in conversations and activities focusing on their daily lives in the Blackpool area.

The volunteers documented these exchanges in writing, pictures and audio recordings, creating a new archive of records about ordinary people’s lives. This archive is available at

In February 2009, the volunteers edited and published this new archive as a book, which was launched at a celebratory event in Bloomfield and given away as a gift to the five thousand households in the area. It was a fantastic experience working with Simon and all the volunteers on the Bloomfield Talks project.

“It was a pleasure working with Yann over the eighteen months that we were involved together in the ‘Bloomfield Talks’ project in Blackpool. Yann’s deep curiosity about and love for his subjects is matched by his creativity and technical skill. His photographs are quietly revealing and true. His images don’t need to shout, when they can whisper – they are persuasive. I look forward to working with him again in future.”

Simon Grennan / Bloomfield Talks

Gallery Details

Editorial photography commissioned by the community arts project Bloomfield Talks.

Genre: Editorial Photography

Location: Blackpool, UK

Client: Bloomfield Talks Community Arts Project

Copyright © 2009 Yannick Dixon

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