School photo-surveys 1950s Bristol housing estate

Another Local Journeys project (see previous posts on World of Small and Kite making at Brean), this one was commissioned through the English Heritage Schools initiative to work with Year 3 and 4 children at Frome Vale Academy in March 2013 as part of their Community History project to investigate their Continue reading

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Bristol Floating Harbour 200 school photography project

harbour-visitIn 2009, Bristol Bristol’s Floating Harbour marked its 200th anniversary with a number events and activities. Local Journeys contributed to these celebrations by working with schools and artists and through them I devised and delivered a photographic project for students on the highly regarded AS Level photography course at St Mary Redcliffe 6th Form college, led by enthusiastic teacher Sharman Jupp. Continue reading

‘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

Green Mapping photo project with two east Bristol youth clubs

Photographs taken by young people from Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill, Bristol for the Green Mapping project

Photographs taken by young people from Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill, Bristol for the Green Mapping project

In 2005 I was asked to work with young people from youth groups in the Barton Hill and Lawrence Hill areas of Bristol as part of Bristol’s first Green Mapping project – you can see below some of the photographs they took of their home territories. The idea of the workshop was to draw attention to some of the great assets in the area – the Feeder canal and River Avon with much wildlife to commend them, large green spaces, architectural curiosities – and raise awareness in the right quarters of the less attractive or neglected parts and lack of facilities for young people. 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

Cotham school, part 1 – workshop

student-photos-compI was invited to work with Cotham school where a project had been devised to create a portrait of the school and its activities through photography and poetry. English students worked with visiting writer Fiona Hamilton to create poems and I worked with photography students to Continue reading