Blackpool Heritage – Look Up, Look Back, Look Inside

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Blackpool Heritage – The Grand are urging you to Look Up, Look Back, Look Inside the Frank Matcham masterpiece.

National Photography Month aims to celebrate photography as an art form. The month long event held in May of every year. Photos are so important as they connect us to people, we feel part of a special memory and as you know memories are so powerful.

Blackpool Heritage – The Grand Theatre was designed by Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham and was opened in 1894 after a construction period of nine months between December 1893 and July 1894. This project cost £20,000, which is the equivalent in purchasing power to £2,520,899.95 in 2018. Throughout this month, we will take you on a Photographic Journey, delving into the secrets and artistry of this masterpiece. View our booklet on National photography Month by clicking here. Look out on social media for videos, photographs and people’s insights in The Grand.

For over 20 years, The Grand has worked alongside internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy. Sean has been the official photographer for The Grand for many years and his work is regularly featured in all our media as well as many international magazines.

Sean’s career in photography spans over 30 years and includes working for the most prestigious Swedish camera manufacturers, Hasselblad. Sean has won numerous awards for his architectural images, and over the last few years he has become involved with both lifestyle and people photography for corporate reports and advertising campaigns.

Known for his use of space and light, Sean is best known for creating majestic images of large-scale interiors, as well as drawing the viewer into more intimate spaces with perfectly crafted composition and lighting.

When asked what, he enjoys about photographing The Grand, Sean said: “The Grand Theatre has one of the finest interiors in the country. The beauty about photographing The Grand is that there is so much detail- you can always find something new to photograph. What is special about these unique photographic sessions is that people will have the opportunity to choose which part of The Grand they wish to photograph…they may even capture something that has never been photographed before!”

“I love capturing detail and external structures. I have been lucky enough to photograph all over the world! My photography career has taken me to the outback of Australia, North Finland, and all over the Middle East. I still really love coming back to the Grand Theatre in Blackpool – it’s such a stunning building. On these Photographic Sessions, you can see for yourself what a joy it is to capture the history and beauty of The Grand in a photograph.”

Sean Conboy hosts our Photographic Sessions, providing you with a variety of skills needed to photograph beautiful structures and interiors. The day will begin with an introductory presentation, where Sean will use his extensive technical experience to advise you how to best capture the perfect shot. You will then have the opportunity to take pictures of The Grand’s Grade II* listed interior using Sean’s top tips with your own camera.

To be given this level of access to the building in all its glory is a highly unusual occurrence.

Don’t miss the next opportunity to learn photographic skills directly from internationally renowned photographer Sean Conboy, and capture this beautiful Frank Matcham Grand Theatre with your own camera.

We hold both Basic and Advanced classes to suit everyone’s needs and preferences.

BASIC Photographic Sessions and ADVANCED Photographic Session – are available throughout 2019.

Book now by calling our Box Office on 01253 290190 or click here to book your tickets online.

Look Up, Look Back, Look Inside is part of our #ThisIsHeritage series.

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