Bringing Gower Home for the Last Time

Finally, after eight long months, the last group from Bringing Gower Home completed their workshop at Gower Heritage Centre at Parkmill, Gower. In total, ten groups from across the Swansea Bay Region have been experiencing the history, people, coast, nature, and landscape of this amazing peninsula and showing what they found through a series of photographs. All the participating organisations have contained groups of people who would not normally be able to access the Gower. All have been telling their stories and learning new skills through photography.

The images themselves are a far cry from your normal tourist photographer’s fare. We’ve turned our back on panoramic vistas and photoshopped sunsets to show the real experience of what to expect from Gower. We’ve seen chickens and machinery, heritage and tattoos. Gower isn’t just a picture postcard, it’s a living, breathing 21st century world to be enjoyed and experienced by all.

Today’s final group were all affiliated with the Traumatic Brain Injury Service. Bringing Gower Home has encouraged participants from this service to see what’s on Swansea’s doorstep and challenge participants to see their world differently. At a separate event in the Summer this group will revisit their photographs as a projected display at a venue convenient to the participating organisation. Here, each participant will be encouraged to share their feelings about the experience and discuss their photographs with an invited audience. The whole project experience is focused upon developing participants’ life skills, particularly self-esteem.

Today we were joined by the communications officer from the City and County of Swansea and a reporter from South Wales Evening Post. Both will be running features soon on the Bringing Gower Home project and how photography workshops such at these are making a difference to the lives of people across the Swansea Bay region. We’ve had more than 100 people participating in this unique project and with any luck it will be a project we’ll be repeating soon.

Thanks to Gower Landscape Project (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust for making Bringing Gower Home possible. Here’s a quick look at the results from this final Bringing Gower Home group. Enjoy!

I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.

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