Wildlife Safari 2 – into the night

Local Journeys’ second Wildlife Safari (see previous post on the first one) took place in the Ham Green area on 31st August and proved to be very popular with families. As part of the Local Journeys team I’d helped with organising and documenting the event, as well as preparing some moths – they had to be warned that Continue reading

World of Small – Portishead

On a sweltering hot day in mid July, Local Journeys, with support from Avon Wildlife Trust, took 60 children plus teachers and helpers from Portishead Primary School on a visit of investigation and imagination to Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve. This was part of another World of Small project – a complete contrast to the first one in Pill during the November 2012 flooding! The bird hide made a pleasantly shady temporary sculpture studio, while pond-dipping and explorations around Continue reading

A return to the origins of photography

Cyanotypes and ‘plant diary’ on display at the Lamplighter’s Marsh Riverside Festival

Although I’ve been aware of the cyanotype process since college days I’d never actually made any work in this way until last month when, working as part of Local Journeys, we were asked to produce an intergenerational project in Shirehampton that related to the riverside nature reserve Lamplighter’s Marsh. The area is one of several that have been included in Bristol City Council’s Wild City project – encouraging local communities to Continue reading

Wildlife Safari 1

A Local Journeys bid to get kids involved and engaged with the great play and wildlife resource on their doorsteps – the fields, ponds and copses that surround our village. Understandably parents have concerns about their children being exposed to dangers but we’ve been hearing first hand from teachers and adults that many children have a real anxiety about ‘failing’, taking risks, getting dirty; all things that can help you learn how to become a fully functioning adult. Continue reading

‘World of Small’ with Local Journeys

I helped out on another Local Journeys project recently, a workshop project called ‘World of Small’, with Crockerne Pill Junior school.

Items collected by children near a pond and photographed with digital microscope

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‘Growing Journeys’ project, April – July 2008.

‘Growing Journeys’ – a workshop project using photography, lettuce growing, fire and pancake making, and exploring.

photographingA commission from Ruth Jacobs at the Bristol Hospital for Sick Children to work with the Lumsden Walker Unit, a day psychiatric unit for children with complex mental health needs, to deliver a photographic project that would serve two purposes. First to help build confidence through engaging both children and their parents / carers in a focused activity over a 3 month period and second to provide a set of photographs by the participants for permanent display in the Unit which is located in an old school building (Fairfield) in east Bristol. Close collaboration with, and support from the excellent team of staff at the unit was an essential feature of the project. Continue reading

Thoughts on photography workshops

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera.” Dorothea Lange, photographer, USA 1895 – 1965.

It's tempting to caption this "boys in the wood - girls in the 'hood"...

It’s tempting to caption this “boys in the wood – girls in the ‘hood”…

While most of the workshops I deliver, particularly with young people, will include learning about the tool of the camera to acquire a new skill of photography in its own right, the emphasis is more often about developing the observational capacities of the participants, which can help open up a window onto their surroundings – whether it’s a familiar location or somewhere new. Continue reading

Photography workshops – urban, rural and maritime

picture-cubeHere’s some documentation of photography/arts/all-sorts-of-things workshops I’ve run in Bristol and surrounding areas over a few years. Continue reading