Today was the last I am Great workshop at Dyfatty Community Centre. Dyfatty is an interesting part of Swansea and often overlooked. Historically it has always been a transitional space linking parts of the city and is the gateway from the High Street train station to the north of the city.
This state of flux has been evident in the photographs that our group have taken. Desolate waste ground is juxtaposed with 20th century tower blocks and a 12th century castle. It’s an eclectic mix of architectural uses and it’s no surprise that our photographers found these spaces interesting.
I am Great takes people with little or no experience of photography and improves their self-confidence through a series of tasks with the camera. The world on your doorstep isn’t a glossy magazine tourist haven for most of us. The gritty reality of day to day living in urban spaces has the potential to dent our confidence but this doesn’t have to be the case. Do you see negativity and neglect where you are, or do you see development potential? Is this your urban playground or is it a waste of space? Sometimes your own fears and negative experiences can colour the way you view the world. No-one ever said it would be easy but that doesn’t mean you should let life get you down.
You are great Dyfatty. You are often misunderstood by the rest of the city because you’re a little rough around your dual-carriageway edges. Full of prospects and potential, you are at the heart of inner-city living, so be proud of who you are and what you have. Goodbye Dyfatty! Hope to see you soon.