” Your workshops were VERY popular with the teenagers and the interesting nature of them really caught their imaginations ”
Anstee Bridge Project
Education work has always been a big part of my work practice and something I remain passionate about. I firmly believe and have been priviledged to witness how photography and the arts has the capacity improve and enrich people’s lives. This belief led to me founding my own education organisation called Walking Photographer Tours which you can find our more about on the Walking Photographer Tours page here.
I have been lucky to be involved in many fantastic education projects over the last ten years or so. Here are some of the highlights…
Muybridge Revolutions – Photography and Movement Workshop
Between September 2010 and February 2011 I worked in collaboration with education and outreach department at Kingston Museum. Run in conjunction with the Eadweard Muybridge Retrospective Exhibitions at the Museum and Tate Britain, together we wrote, planned and delivered an innovative and engaging series of workshops that brought Eadweard Muybridge’s work and ideas to life.
The workshops proved to be a great success and were delivered to a wide variety of age groups including primary schools, secondary schools and after school clubs. The workshop activities encouraged participants to learn about movement and photography. Each workshop would culminate in small groups planning and performing a short sequence which would be prefessional photographed and retouched. The photographs were then used to create both digital animations as wells being printed and placed in a traditional Zoetrope.
Everyday Stories Photo Walk Workshop
The Everyday Stories Photo Walk was part of a wider project based in Archway, Leeds, co-ordinated by artist Sarah-Jane Mason and funded by Leeds Inspired. Key aims of the photo walk were to inspire young people in the area to participate and engage more with their local environment, each other and wider community; as well as use the local services available to them.
By exploring the familiar surroundings with a camera the group were able to re-imagining this world through a viewfinder and create new connections with the local environment while developing a deeper understanding of the space and others in it.
Resulting works from the walk were turned into a photo book which you can view by clicking the front cover below…
Fulham Court Estate: ATD Fourth World’s Summer Festival
For ATD Fourth World’s Summer Festival at Fulham Court Estate, I was commissioned to write and coordinate a photography workshop. Working with 8 – 15 year olds we looked at ‘Seeing Things Differently’. The workshop introduced the participants to photography and photographers who looked at arguably ‘mundane’ subjects in a new and innovative way. We briefly discussed ways to photograph everyday scenes that are often overlooked. We then went out taking photographs, some of the results can be seen below…
Anstee Bridge Project
Working with teenagers who are not in full time work or education, Anstee Bridge is a project that helps build confidence and the necessary skills to overcome the various obstacles and challenges that may be stopping them achieve their goals.
I was commissioned to deliver a series of talks and workshops that gave an insight into professional photography. In addition to the talks and practical workshops each student participated in a studio portrait session. You can see some of the highlights below…