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The Snapshot Project
"An Ordinary Week in an Ordinary Village"
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The Snapshot Photobook
Due to popular demand the Helmdon Snapshot 2011 photobook is now going on general sale. The book contains 74 pages of glorious glossy photographs of life in Helmdon (all taken in a single week in November 2011) and it will be both a coffee-table talking point and a valuable historical resource. All the photographs are indexed and captioned at the back of the book. The price is a stunningly low £36.00 (the original print cost over £50!). To secure this low price we have committed to placing a bulk order (20+ copies) by 10 February, so please place your order by Friday 8 February 2013. After that date the book will still be available but will revert to the standard price of £50.

Click here to download the order form and secure your very own piece of Helmdon history today!

See below for all the details of how the Helmdon Snapshot project came together.

Snapshot Project Complete!

The finished Snapshot Project was presented to the village at the Annual Parish Meeting on 25 April 2012 with a slideshow by Danny Moody and a Photobook that was given to Councillor Peter Burns, Chairman of Helmdon Parish Council. More than 800 hundred photographs were submitted during the project and, having filtered out the ones that were too fuzzy to use or that were very close duplicates, over 650 of them have been uploaded to Flickr. Just click on the photos above to visit the Flickr site and find your photos!

Latest Update
- Posted 4 December 2011

The Snapshot Project (see description below) captured the imagination of Helmdon residents and to date well over 500 photographs have been submitted. The project team is meeting on 8 December 2011 to look at the photos and to pick out the best ones to go in to the Helmdon Snapshot Photo Book. All of the photos will be published in an online album in due course.

Although the original intention was to only produce 2 or 3 photo books (1 for the Parish Council, one for the Record Office and perhaps one to present to a village worthy) there does appear to have been some interest during the project in purchasing copies. In order that we can gauge interest, if you might be interested in purchasing a copy please let us know at snapshot@helmdon.com. There's no commitment at this stage, we would just like to know the potential level of interest.

A massive thank you to everyone that took part in this project and we hope to be able to show you the results very soon!

The Snapshot Project - An Ordinary Week in an Ordinary Village
Milk being delivered in the snow in Shortlands Close.
In 2011 Helmdon won the coveted title of Best Village in Northamptonshire and with its £220 in prize money. Helmdon Parish Council wanted to do something with the prize money that celebrated village life and at the council meeting in September 2011 it was decided to spend some of the money reinstating the "Best Village" road signs at the entrances to the village. Cllr Danny Moody proposed that any money left over could be spent on a project recording the essence of the village as it is now in photographs and offered to lead the project.

The Snapshot Project

The Snapshot Project will record "An Ordinary Week in an Ordinary Village" and will hopefully demonstrate that Helmdon, or at least the people of Helmdon, are anything but ordinary. Helmdon is not the prettiest village in Northamptonshire, nor the best-served by local amenities or natural resources, yet its people have kept it a vibrant and wonderful place to live. This photograph project aims to capture the essence of Helmdon and we hope you will be part of it.

What Do We Need To Do?

We would like people to take photographs in the village between 11 November 2011 and 18 November 2011 (Friday to Friday). The photograph can be of anything or anyone; whatever makes Helmdon a special place for you. By taking all the photos in that week we will have a snapshot of Helmdon in the year that others judged it to be the best village in Northamptonshire.

I'm Not A Very Good Photographer - Will That Matter?

No! This project is about photographs, not photography. We are not looking for posed shots or staged scenes, rather we would like ordinary people to take snaps of ordinary things; the everyday things that define life in the village. The shot does not have to be perfect - in fact we are looking to capture authentic life.

What Sort Of Things Shall I Photograph?

Anything you like! It might be the postman delivering your letters, the builder who is working at your house, a horse riding through the village, the bus you're about to take to Banbury, even the bin men collecting your recycling. It could be a photo of your house or garden, or your allotment; in fact anything that links you to Helmdon. And if you would like to photograph a special building such as the Church or Reading Room take your photo at a time when the building is being used by ordinary people.

What Should We Do With Our Photos?

Please send your photos to snapshot@helmdon.com or pop them on a CD or (returnable) memory stick through the letter box at the following addresses:

Danny Moody 30, Church Street
Chris Thorpe The Old Post Office (opposite the Green)
Mike Barnes 75 Wappenham Road

Make sure your photos are of the highest resolution (quality) that you can.

To keep the project manageable we would prefer not to receive too many printed photographs, but if you cannot produce a digital photograph then get in touch and we will arrange to scan your prints.

What Will Happen To The Photos?

All the useable photos will be displayed in a dedicated online album and will be shown in a slide show to the village - we could even organise a village event to look at all the photos?!

A selection of the very best photos will be printed in a photobook with a preface that explains what the project was and where the photos came from. A copy of the photobook will be offered to the Northamptonshire Record Office and several copies will be presented to the village at the Annual Parish Meeting.

The photos will capture for posterity Helmdon as it is today so that in years to come, just like the Millennium film, it will give us a snapshot of life in the village and show why it is such a special place to live. The photos will in fact capture an ordinary week in what is, to its inhabitants, an extraordinary village.

The Snapshot Project Team (for Helmdon Parish Council)

Danny Moody, Mike Barnes, Chris Thorpe & Audrey Forgham

P.S. If you have any questions about the project or would like to get involved in the project beyond taking photos as an individual then please get in touch at snapshot@helmdon.com.

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