I’ve been in deep negotiations over the last few weeks to secure funding for a new series of community photography projects out on Gower. This will be called Bringing Gower Home and will be delivered in partnership with the Gower Landscape Project for community groups here in Swansea.
The idea is that I’ll be delivering a fun, educational, and exciting day out. Participants will encounter the Gower in ways they hadn’t previously considered. They will connect with it’s history, people, the coast, and with nature. They will use cameras and their own creativity to find a way to represent their experiences and tell their story. It’s exciting to think that I’ll be sharing this naturally wonderful peninsula with people who don’t usually get the chance.
After their day out they’ll be sharing their images and experiences with their peers and with others. We’ll be making a video to share their experiences too and we’re even considering an exhibition of the best photographs to share the results with Swansea’s public.
I’ve been delivering participatory photography workshops for quite some time but I’ve not been involved in the planning process to this extent before. It’s a big step and at first was quite daunting. Right now though I can’t wait to get stuck in and take the first group out into this wild and beautiful place.