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Chasing the Light Photography Programme No.1

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Exeter Community Centre

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Chasing the Light is a free 14-week participatory photography programme that brings about social engagement through digital photography

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Chasing the Light - Programme No.1

Chasing the Light is a free 14-week participatory photography programme based in Exeter that has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund's Reaching Communities Programme and it will enable participants to create their own photo-story, build a portfolio of images and take part in a fun and creative activity.

In addition, all participants have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:

  • Create your own photo-story or a portfolio of images on the theme of Wellbeing
  • Take part in innovative photo-dialogue exercises
  • Learn and develop basic camera skills
  • Take part in 3 Photography trips
  • Learn how to plan your photography project
  • Exhibit your images in a photography exhibition (2021)
  • Work in a safe environment within small group
  • Curate your own personalised photography book

This photography programme will take place at the Exeter Community Centre, Exeter with the workshop No.1 on Thursday 10th September 2020, 10:30am - 1:30pm. The final session will be on Thursday 17th December 2020.

Throughout the course we would like you to have access to a digital camera, so please bring along your digital camera or digital phone so the facilitator is able to see what equipment you will be using in the project. If you do not have access to a digital camera then we may be able to supply one. However, we only have a very limited number so please let us know in advance.

The Chasing the Light and Walking with Cameras Project

Chasing the Light and Walking with Cameras is a 3-year project in Exeter that will provide 6, 14-week participatory photography programmes and 64 photo-walks trips. In addition, there will be 2 participant curated exhibitions and each participant who takes part in participatory photography programmes will curate their own personal photo-book.

Chasing the Light

Chasing the Light will continue our participatory photography work and will provide a platform for working with other agencies, organisations and participants. Each programme will aim to engage with 20 - 30 participants & each weekly workshop will last for 3 hours, providing each participant with 42 hours of interaction, learning, stimulus, discussion, creativity and empowerment. Each programme will have its own theme and also includes 3 community/photo-walks, this content is participant led and will be decided by the participant planning team at the planning stage of the project.

Those taking part in participatory photography programmes will engage in inspiring photo-dialogue exercises, which are devised to bring about discussion, teamwork, individual viewpoints and the space and time to develop their own photographic projects. In addition, they will learn & develop basic camera skills, build a portfolio of images, go on photography trips & community tours, work in a safe environment within small groups and be part of a creative activity.

Each participant will also have the opportunity of creating and curating their own personalised photography book, that will contain up to 50 images that they have produced over the 14-weeks. These photo-books will act as physical Positive Memory item that can be shared with family and friends and can be used to bring about conversations about how the participant is feeling and what they have achieved.

Walking with Cameras

The Walking with Cameras programme will provide an alternative means of social interaction and creative community engagement. Participants will be given the opportunity to visit a location for 2, 3 or 4 hours and create their own images or take part in a photographic task. The locations will be varied and will include local urban areas, country houses, farms, nature reserves, the coastline and the countryside.

There will be 64 photography trips in total and we aim to have two per month. Each participant will have the opportunity of publishing their best images via Meridian Raw CIC’s Flickr Galleries (internet-based photography albums). This will enable all the participants taking part in the photo-walks to see and comment on other participants images and help create an ongoing dialogue.

Header Image: Dawn Over Pulpit Rock © Matt Lewis/Meridian Raw CIC 2019

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