“A brilliant year” captured in Old Buckenham in unique photography project

Imgaes from the Old Buckenham 365 project. An aerial shot of 2 Wheel Tuesday, held at The Ox and Plough. ANL-160501-140101001
Imgaes from the Old Buckenham 365 project. An aerial shot of 2 Wheel Tuesday, held at The Ox and Plough. ANL-160501-140101001

A unique photography project which aimed to give a “snapshot” of Old Buckenham life has been completed — with residents of all ages getting involved.

People aged from just four years to those in their 70s contributed to the Old Buckenham 365 Project, as well as groups including the Rainbow Brownies, Old Buckenham Scouts and the village’s primary school.

Images from the Old Buckenham 365 project ANL-160501-140113001

Images from the Old Buckenham 365 project ANL-160501-140113001

A photo was taken every single day of the past year, which are available to view online.

It is hoped the collection of photographs will act as a snapshot of life in the village in 2015 and will be of interest to future generations.

In all, more than 40 people took part, while there are also plans afoot to hold an exhibition, as well as create a permanent display of all of the images.

The idea was the brainchild of the village’s parish council chairman Steve Milner.

It has been a brilliant year for Old Buckenham, by having the Tour of Britain going through and all of the various celebrations we have had so it’s been a super year to document it with photographs

Steve Milner

He told the Diss Express his fellow members of the Bunwell and District Camera Club had seen similar projects undertaken elsewhere.

“I thought ‘wow, it would be great to get the community involved in that and do it in Old Buckenham’.

“It has been an excellent community project. We have involved all generations, I think the youngest on was four, all the way up to someone well into his 70s. It has involved everybody.

“It has been a brilliant year for Old Buckenham, by having the Tour of Britain going through and all of the various celebrations we have had so it’s been a super year to document it with photographs.

Images from the Old Buckenham 365 project ANL-160501-140123001

Images from the Old Buckenham 365 project ANL-160501-140123001

“I think in the future it will be a wonderful thing.”

Roger Peacock, a lifelong amateur photographer who helped co-ordinate the project from March, said they were pleased with the end result, and praised the village’s community spirit in getting it completed.

“It was a good feeling to get it finished,” he said. “We posted on Facebook from time to time and the general reaction was very positive and supportive.

“Some days people just took pictures of the rain — it had a bit of everything really.

“I think the idea was to have a general snapshot of the village for a year and which might be of interest to people in years to come.”

n For more information on the project, visit www.oldbuckenham.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/a-photo-day-in-old-buckenham.html
n To view the images in the project, see www.365project.org/stevem/365
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