Earlier this year I worked with Make Your Mark, (the Arts and Health programme for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to run a short photography course for adults with a learning disability. We had two groups of participants working with me (Dougie Evans) to explore their perception of themselves and each other using lighting, movements and personal belongings. The project was developed in response to a need to heighten the profile of Learning Disability services as part of the Trust.
Engaging and Exploring
We used a participatory arts process, working with people who had used Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust services and focusing on their relationship with themselves and how they could explore and express this using photography.
Dougie’s approach was informal, inclusive and person centred and groups engaged right from the start. Several people wanted to know if there was going to be more sessions and the final groups said they didn’t want to go home.Charlotte Hanlon, Arts Project Coordinator.
Here’s a collection of images from a test shoot with a local young dancer trying to find new ways to capture motion. The shots were made by combining a slow exposure (shutter drag) with a quick flash to freeze one image over motion blur.
Another project with long term collaborators Lila Dance, creating concept images for their new dance work The Hotel Experience.
Test Shoot exploring the sand dunes of the north norfolk coast with local model Kim Caviggia.
Collaboration with ethical clothing company Posie Lingerie- The night doesn’t have to be over as soon as you get home. Grab a drink from the fridge, take off your makeup and get comfortable, because the night is as young as you feel.
Was a great pleasure to collaborate with Luka Brown on some concept images for his new show The Dandelion Child. We played with colours and textures to enrich the images with a flavour of the show.
Test Shoot with model and athlete Lamyn Ndoye in Southampton City Centre.
This year, Marketing Manager Marelize and I sat down to discuss creating some new images to mark the launch of The Point, Eastleigh’s new spring menu 2018.
Above all else, we wanted to showcase the venue’s family friendly atmosphere, so my vision was to create some environmental portraits which captured both the menu and the people enjoying it.
I feel my temperature rising
[…]You light my morning sky
With burning love
(Elvis Presley- Burning Love)
They Live Next Door is a touching, tender and gritty show that knits unique stories with intricate choreography and nostalgic live melodies. Set in a home, on a street not too far from your own, it explores the light and the dark of familiar relationships. The duet is an emotional rollercoaster that sensitively uncovers the complexities of preconceptions around masculinity. At times conforming and other times shaking off stereotypes, multiple relationships between the two men unravel, weaving memories,expectations and domestic rituals. They Live Next Door sets out to ask how social stereotypes affect our identity and our relationships with each other.