It’s been a busy few days here at HQ with lots of meetings kicking off the Winter photography season. It seems everyone has budgets to spend on rolling out participatory camera confidence courses in their area. This is great news! The sooner people gain confidence through seeing their world differently the better as far as I’m concerned.
Through my courses everyone gets to extend their technical skills about photography as well as exploring their own neighbourhood in new and interesting ways. The aim is to give participants a sense of empowerment and positivity in seeing what’s really going on in the world. We all get ground down by day to day stuff and want to get away from it all, but we forget that some people actually choose our neighbourhoods as their holiday destination. So why is the grass greener on the other side? What is it that tourists see about where we live that we don’t see because we’re too busy? My plan is to show you what they see and help you appreciate the good stuff that’s here.
Of course looking at the outside world is all very well but what about the feelings you have on the inside? The lack of personal confidence you might have is something we all have in common to a certain extent. Photography can help you see what you have about yourself and build you up so that you feel good about who you are. Expressing your emotions artistically as a photograph is a powerful tool that psychoanalysts are just beginning to explore as a therapeutic tool. Telling stories about your hopes and desires through pictures, as well as gaining a sense of inner peace, is something many photographers gain through their practice.
And it’s all happening over the next few months at a community centre near you. New workshops are coming soon to Townhill, Dyfatty, Morriston, Sketty Park, Swansea Chinese Community, Gower, Swansea Sandfields, possibly Gendros, probably Briton Ferry, oh and most definitely Neath if we can fit them in somehow.
Meanwhile I’ll be creating my own personal art over the next few days. I’m trying to fit in a few ideas before more workshops kick off next week. I’ll be telling you more about where you can see my art over the next few days.