‘Life Through Lens’ finished last week with a celebratory event showcasing the young people’s photographic work in the Foyer Gallery at the Jubilee library in Brighton. The project was created and lead by young people from the Clock Tower Sanctuary, a charity that offers information, advice and guidance to young homeless or insecurely housed young people aged 16-25 from in and around the Brighton area.
Throughout July and August the Clock Tower young people worked with cmap photographic artists Katie Miller and Lynn Weddle and were actively engaged in using photography in new ways. The group worked with disposable film cameras to document their lives, creating a visual diary.
The images formed a narrative about the young peoples day to day realities; ‘What we choose to photograph says alot about who we are. It has been challenging but insightful’. Says Maris the project mentor wanted there to be no rules about what subjects his peers captured, ‘As long as they have an important message from that person’.
The group of young people meet to discuss the images they were taking and considered why they were taking them, and what they would reflect and reveal, gradually deciding on a final set that they feel ready and happy to show publicly. The group then learnt how to develop black and white prints from scratch in the photographic darkroom alongside developing practical photographic skills, all of which were displayed within the exhibition.
Loen, one of the project participants commented saying ‘an immense pleasure to have my artwork viewed by the public’.
We hope to continue our new partnership with Clock Tower and the young people who attend. Watch this space….