I took up photography over ten years ago. Initially it was a hobby, a creative outlet. For a time it was my business. Now it is how I navigate and make sense of the world. The world around us is filled with images, but too often people don’t take the time to actually see, and now with all the digital imagery, photoshopping and filters, how do you even know what you are seeing? So I have gone old school. Film cameras, developing and printing in the darkroom, no photoshop or filters allowed. This made me really stop and think about the images I produced and how they made people feel.Frames of Mind is a series of projects designed to look at things from a new perspective and generate conversation. They may not always be easy viewing, you may not even like the images, but if they make you stop, see, think and talk, they have done what I wanted!
Sammie’s story was originally a one off exhibition all shot on film and printed in the darkroom. The recording of Sammie and my conversation was intended to help me understand and inform the imagery, but it quickly became clear that the narrative added another dimension and needed to be heard. The exhibition allowed viewers to engage with the images whilst listening to Sammie talking about her living with mental illness. Sammie has been incredibly brave to allow us the privilege hearing about her life and now letting exhibition to be adapted to reach a wider audience.
I saw how this exhibition helped people open up and share their own experiences and I was struck by the power photography, and the concept of Frames of Mind as an ongoing series of projects was born.
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