Walking pictures on the radio
BBC Radio 4 (or rather an independent production company) have recorded a piece on Walking Pictures and the exhibition at Sewerby. It was an interesting experience as I’ve only ever done studio slots in the past, whereas producer Joanna Pinnock wanted to bring in plenty of ambient sound on this one. So where you would normally fight shy of creaking Georgian floorboards and people chatting in the next room, these were seized on. Martin Ellis, curator at Birmingham Museum, did the actual interview, and we chatted about the images and walking pictures in general.
Happily I’ve tracked down Mike Barnard, who worked for Snaps in the late sixties. He is now living back in Bridlington and was able to come up and join in. So after the location recording in Sewerby we trekked down to the promenade where Mike used to take the shots, and he was interviewed against the sound of seagulls and a choppy sea. We then went for a fish and chip dinner in town. Well it is Bridlington!
Joanna’s next task was to edit her two hours or so of digital recording down to a rough ten minutes, which went off to the programme makers for final editing. Making History is not live, but is produced as the series goes along, so it retains some immediacy.
As far as we know (things can change), the piece will slot into the last programme of the current series, aired May 31st, 2011, at 3.00pm in the afternoon on BBC Radio 4.
This is a link to the Making History page on the BBC website which gives a link to the iPlayer version if you want to hear it after the broadcast time.