Participatory Photography

Participatory photography (or photo voice) projects use the camera as a powerful tool for therapeutic work with a range of individuals. My methodologies are informed by the acclaimed training with PhotoVoice as well as my own projects. Below is a brief introduction on the two key components of participatory work.

  1. Therapeutic work
  2. Creating positive social change

I work therapeutically with the camera and have previously focused on interventions with children with learning disabilities and mental health support needs, deaf and mute individuals and the street homeless population. As cameras continue to become smaller and cheaper, participatory projects become more and more accessible to a wider range of individuals and communities.

The true impact of participatory photography is best demonstrated with the powerful work of PhotoVoice. Here innovative participatory photography methods are widely used within disadvantaged and marginalised communities. The skills acquired enable individuals to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communication. Utilising these skills and through developing partnerships in the community people can create a voice through which they can represent themselves and move towards creating positive social change.

Whether working with marginalised or disadvantaged groups or individuals with a desire to build creative communication skills and self esteem, the concept is adaptable, creative and innovative. Working in partnership with schools, local communities, individuals or organisations, it is a fun and cost effective way to reframe the world, build confidence and find a voice.

Below are some of the key areas in which the camera can facilitate personal change:

Learning

Building confidence and capacity

Therapeutic support

Creative fun and play

Enabling voices to be heard

Vocational training

Supporting the development of social and media skills

Building community

Increasing participation

Building dialogue

Creating knowledge

Raising awareness and educating

Advocacy and campaigning

Generating press and media coverage

Methodologies can be adapted to specific needs and requirements.

Whether you are an individual, parent, school or organisation, contact me on capturedonceuk@gmail.com for more information. Alternatively if you know of anyone who may benefit from the above please get in touch.

Further experience and training is outlined below.

Qualifications and Training

Photo Voice Participatory Photography programme

Participatory Photography Training, empowerment, visual literacy, photo dialogue, project cycles, working safely with emotions, planning and designing workshops, facilitating learning in groups, project logistics

Art Psychotherapy (incomplete-one years experience) MA, Goldsmiths University

Principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy practised within the context of mental health care, and informed by contemporary art practice; theoretical studies, clinical work and experiential learning to integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other

Place2B Children’s Metal Health, one-to-one support

Volunteer Introductory Workshops, Volunteer Counsellor Induction & Safeguarding Training

Thames Reach Outreach and mental health support for the street homeless

Mental Health Awareness, Motivational Interviewing, Safeguarding and Protecting

CELTA English language teaching

Teaching, classroom management, effective English as a second language instructional techniques. Working innovatively with children and adults to overcome barriers to communication

Photography Diploma – The Photography Institute

Sociology BA – University of Leeds

Art Foundation Diploma – Kingston University

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