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Beyond the Line – Salisbury Hospital

Week three of the project, and for the first time we were able to go outside to take photographs.  It's a fascinating site – a mix of new build and the old single story brick air base buildings.  We found some good spots in the alleys connecting the two – bright primary NHS house colours alongside cast iron pipes and old brick just glowing in the soft light of an overcast Wiltshire…

Have just written to Manfrotto to see if they will lend the project some tripods and pistol grip ball and socket heads to make our photographers less dependent on me setting up the shots…. 

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Relays – Art of Sport workshops

Just completed the last of these workshops on Friday.  2000 school kids, 300 RELAYS student volunteers, about 20 artists, three film crews (one on a cherry picker), a mayor, a choir, two Olympic athletes and a couple of very forbearing Olympic mascots – just as well it was chilly or they would have been walking around in personal saunas, given the amount of padding in the suits.

Great fun just to see the excitement this whole olympic thing generates, and hats off to Virgina Bailey of RELAYs who organised the show.  We (thanks again to my three student helpers) ran workshops getting the various school groups out photographing the sport, the art, the grass, each other, and mocking up newspaper front pages with the images…

right – what's next…?

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Salisbury Hospital – Spinal Unit

Just heard I'm going to be working with the Spinal Unit on a photography project leading up to the paralympics…. Can't wait to get started!

More about the project here

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Relays Sports Leader

Had a great session last Friday in the new indoor Tennis Centre at Wey College in Weymouth.  RELAYS are training young people to run and facilitate sports events around the South West in the build up to the Olympics.  We worked with groups from two schools exploring camera skills and how to take great sports photos, then covered a three hour event of a range of indoor sports in the afternoon.  Wonderful soft lighting from the translucent roof – just like being inside a huge softbox.  A bit chilly, but some excellent photos.

There may be scope to extend this workshop to younger groups, and teachers – watch this space…

"RELAYS aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012."

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Photography and Environmental Art for the Visually Impaired

Great feedback from our first trial session at Holton Lee – on a rather chilly afternoon in early December.  Despite the weather, we were able to trial some approaches which were well received, exploring a sensory approach to the landscape through touch and photography.  It was good to have Tim and his wife from BSVI to help and document the event.

Margaret's Bird Sculpture - photographed by Janet
Margaret's Bird Sculpture - photographed by Janet

Next stop – working with BSVI to look for funding – It would be great to have something longer term running during the summer of 2012…

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Cardiff after dark: Maciej Dakowicz

This seems to be particularly well timed…

Cardiff after dark: Maciej Dakowicz
Cardiff after dark: Maciej Dakowicz

see http://richardjefferyphotography.co.uk/blog/?p=924 for more details….

 

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Photography/ESOL Project – Good to Go!

Phew!  They say be careful what you wish for…

I now have the go ahead for a brace of photography projects aimed at Eastern Europeans (A10 category)  living in and around Bournemouth and Poole.  The only problem is having to spend all the funds by the end of December 2011.  The restrictions may seem a bit harsh, but that comes attached to the funding stream this time.  If we can’t get enough participants we may be able to extend that a little.

So:

  • a six week photography project leading to an exhibition in 2012.  Participants will get to photograph a range of locations and events around east Dorset, and we hope to be able to squeeze in a trip to London or Bath.
  • a short project working with young families in and around Bournemouth and Poole
  • a short initial engagement project with sex workers in the area – we hope this can lead to a more sustained support through other projects.

If you know anyone who might be interested, tell them to get in touch!

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Photography and ESOL project – update

Things are moving!  We have a chance to run this project but time is tight – the funds have to be spent by end of December 2011.

There are two introductory workshops to get the project rolling:  13.30pm at Bournemouth Learning Centre on Tuesday 11th October, and 10.00am at Oakdale Centre on Wednesday 12th October – details on poster image below, or email me, or ring Skills&Learning Bournemouth and Poole on 01202 262305.

These two workshops will set out what the project intends to achieve, as well as recruit photographers to take part.  So – if you (or someone you know) are from Eastern Europe, want to take part in a photography project, and speak English as a second language – come along!

There may also be opportunities for the group to travel to London later in the year.

Photography and ESOL Project Poster

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Photography & ESOL project

Just started working up a new project with Skills and Learning Bournemouth and Poole – using photography to broaden vocabulary skills for those with English as a second language.  I just like the idea of using a practical experience to also teach something else.

We are just about to advertise for recruits, so if you (or someone you know) is interested in Photography, is over 19, and would also like to improve their command of English, get in touch!

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Photography and Visual Impairment

Ever since my first photography project with a day centre in Bristol where one of the participants was 'registered blind', I have wanted to work up a camera based arts project working with people with severe visual impairment.  This isn't a perverse challenge – there are several celebrated 'blind' photographers working in various countries, and I have been experimenting with some technical adaptations to both create and enjoy images.

I met with the Dorset Blind Association several years ago, but our discussions didn't survive a re-organisation there.  I have now found a fellow traveller in Geoff  Jones, the new Training Manager at Holton Lee, and we are currently looking for funding to work up a project for 2012 that brings together photography and a multi-sensory response to the environment there.

Any suggestions welcomed!