The Skyway Club is an amazing group to work with. Based in Ballynafeigh Community Development Association the group works with adults with learning diffifculties and physical or mental disabilities on many different projects. I’ve been working with them for many years now and every time the group amaze me with their hard work and energy.
Our latest project was the photographic exhibition “That’s So Me!”, an exhibition featuring large scale portraits of each of the members for a month long display at the ulster Hall group space. The idea behind this portraits was to really capture the personality and quirks that make each person unique and to really capture their great qualities. After a workshop to think of ideas we set up a studio with a stripped back black backdrop so all the focus was on the subjects. The guys were amazing in front of the camera, really giving it their all and I’m so proud of the results.
I love working with the Men’s Sheds as you all know from how often I mention them on facebook and recently I had the pleasure of doing a ten week course with the lads at Colin Men’s Shed. Part of Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, the guys are so enthusiastic and creative and the work they made was truly excellent. All beginners at the start, they worked incredibly hard and we had a great time learning about photography and creating an exhibition. We displayed all the wok at the CNP building in Colin Allotments and now you can check it all out online here too.
I am very honoured to be leading a panel discussion with Katie Richardson of To Be Beautiful as part of Women’s work Festival in Belfast this Sunday March 6th at 4pm!
we’ll look at definitions of beauty in the media and ourselves, unlearning negative habits and truly thinking about what defines us as people not just our outer appearance. come along and join in
more info and registration details here
I’ve worked with YENI for nearly a decade now, in fact they were one of my first freelance clients and I’ve loved working with them on many different projects over that time. They do extremely valuable work with young people of all ages getting them thinking about their futures. The Big Market event saw groups from schools across the country take over St George’s Market for a special one day trade fair and was a huge success, giving students a taste of making some money in a real retail world. Photographing this meant capturing the atmosphere, products and people involved.
Great news – A whole bunch of new courses are starting which I’m very excited about all commencing from Jan 18th some spots left get in touch with each venue to book in
Mossley Mill : Monday nights
Antrim Arts Centre : Tuesday nights
Ards Arts Centre : Thursday nights
Intro : Feb 1st 6 weeks
Conway Education Centre : Monday Afternoons
Intro : Feb 1st 6 weeks
Intro : Feb 1st 8 weeks
Mens Shed : Jan 21st 8 weeks
Cloona House : Feb 9th 3 weeks
This event was absolutely beautiful and looked and sounded stunning, such a great time photographing it during Diwali. The story of the event sees the heroine vanquish the evil lord infront of city hall from the back of her giant tiger. Shadow puppetry, fireworks and amazing sound effects all came together for a once in a life time show which was challenging but fun to photograph, a totally unique event.
The Black Moon events are a fantastic night at the Black Box in Belfast which encourage dancing and fun for all involved. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them to create some images documenting their nights for the website and brochure.
A little bit about Black Moon :
Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. It was set up by the Black Box in 2010 with support from the Now Project. We have groups coming from Omagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus and beyond each month and we are often joined by Mencap’s Livenet project and happens the first tuesday of every month