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

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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