I am passionate advocate of a better world through the arts, especially photography, promoting visual awareness, social justice, creativity, personal growth and critical thinking. Trained by PhotoVoice and InsightShare, I use experimental and participatory photography methods and Participatory Learning Action Research as tools for social change, to give a voice to people and to train minority groups to become advocate of their own concerns and solutions and to break down the barriers that exists between " contemporary photography" and " community photography".
This is why I set up Fotosynthesis in 2009. I design, deliver and manage workshops/projects in the UK and overseas as a freelance consultant and creative practitioner. I also work as a facilitator with Insightshare, leader in participatory video processes.
Listen to an interview about participatory photography techniques here on Documentaryphotoreview.
Samples of workshops:
Participatory Video & Photography: C4Development
- Latin Elephant, 2014
- FIER, Mali, 2015: I was commissioned to develop a participatory photography methodology in French for IFAD project on rural development and agriculture.
- Central African Republic, 2016: Commissioned by InsightShare, Build Up to deliver 2 participatory video processes and curating an art exhibition as part of a two-way communication strategy programme linked to the DDR and SSR implementation, community consultation, participatory arts methodology, dialogue and research
- Mara Region, Nyumba Nthobu, 2016: 2 weeks PV process with Nyumba Nthobu women using film as an advocacy tool to end the practice.
- Photoimagen RD 2014, Centro de la Imagen
- Lambeth Summer University with Creative Sparkworks
- Family Learning activities in primary schools
Hackney City Farm Intergenerational Cyanotype workshop Family Album: Gathering generations together with memories, values and 21st century society with old photographic processes.
- The Children's Society Intergenerational Community Cohesion Project : Photographic activities for children and families such as cyanotype sun print and studio portraits.
Pinhole and cameraless photography
- Festival of Love, Southbank Centre- Aug 2014- A pinhole camera workshop that offered a new view on life to 50 participants! Happiness, curiosity, patience, discovery, teamwork, fun and amazing images created around the Southbank Centre.
- St Guys and St Thomas Hospital
- Primary schools
Digital Photography Training
RefugeeYouth Brandsdale Photography Residential- July 2014 teaching photography & video with visual artist Cedoux Kadima to various youth groups from Leeds, Middelborough, Hull and London to create youth leaders, raise awareness about nature, individual and collective identity and migration.
Photovoice Bursaries, The Photographic Angle: Teaching DSLR to a group of young homeless from the "Look Out " project.
London Transport Musuem, Designology: Photography project based around capturing the transport networks design features and the feeling of what a journey means across all methods of transport. Create a series of photographs that show something you see every day in a different light. The final collaborative piece was displayed in Designology exhibition (May 2016 - Spring 2017)
Participatory Photography Advocacy Project- Curation of exhibition
My Latin Elephant: 8 weeks participatory video & photography with InsightShare & Latin Elephant. Latin American community in Elephant & Castle (E&C) exploring Latin American's perspectives of space, people and identity in relation to the urban regeneration of the area.
Refugee Voices: A 14 weeks participatory photography project in partnership with the Jesuit Refugee Services in Wapping, advocacy project with destitute asylum seekers.
Young Carers, Camden and Islington Councils: Using participatory photography to give a voice to young carers to produce a campaign/exhibition to be displayed at Carers Week in June and at the Southbank centre Festival Of Love, to raise awareness of some of the issues young carers face in order to challenge attitudes towards them.
Learning Through Photography
Trained and inspired by Duke University and Wendy Ewald in Literacy Through Photography, I have designed and delivered various creative educational workshops mixing different participatory methodologies and creative practice.
Using photography to teach mathematics and Literacy : Pilot project of 4 weeks in 8 Lambeth primary schools using photography and arts polyhedrons to learn about measuring and shapes book to be published soon! In partnership with Brixton Learning Collaborative and the Windmill Cluster of Schools, two Lambeth cluster partnerships totaling 16 primary schools to deliver a series of creative workshops to 240 year 4 children across both clusters.
Arts Awards and SEPE Award accredited courses
Step into photography: collaboration between students and professional photographers thinking critically and ethically about image making. The exhibition Reflexive Disclosure brings together the work of talented and promising photographers, young people and adults from the London Borough of Lambeth. Gallery here.Curation of exhibition.
Exploring Surroundings: Initially a 12-week pilot project with a group of young people and single parents who came from all over London to learn how to use a digital and manual camera and print from their own black and white film exploring their surroundings. This programme was run 3 times with different groups from 2010-2013. Curation of exhibition.
Sensory Photography trained by Sight of Emotion, Mexico
Photovoice Sensory Photography Facilitator : Sights Unseen 2009, workshops in sensory photography held at the Organisation of Blind Africans and Caribbean (OBAC).Following the basic photography course the participants were supported to use their photographic skills to undertake personal advocacy projects tackling issues such as ignorance of the risks to eye health within their community and barriers faced by the visually impaired. Publication here.This was followed by the London Mexfest, Rich Mix: Sensory Pop up studio (2012) where a team of sighted volunteer worked with partially sighted Mexican photographers supported by the Embassy of Mexico & British Council. Gallery here.
RefugeeYouth and migration issues
RefugeeYouth & Refuge In Films -2008 till now (British Film Institute): I have delivered the photography projects with World Remix, Women's Worth, Mustaqbal from Harrow, Anchor project,Refugee Council.I curated and exhibited the work of young photographers around the theme of Migration, the reasons, the impacts, their personal experiences. Photographs and participants were from Colombia, Afghanistan, Jamaica, Poland, Russia, Somalia, Guinea Bissau, Irak, Syria, Ethiopia and more. They explored advanced digital photo story, photo manipulation, collage, portraiture and alternative photography practices such as Liquid light, cyanotype sun-print, digital negatives and old images reproduction.
Self-Identities, Authorship and Expression in Photography: Co-organiser of PICS Festival in partnership with Photovoice, a one-day programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and multimedia screenings on the theme of photography for social change
Developing Participatory Methods with Photography: Research, Design and Practice: Planning and delivery- This workshop explored how to develop visual and sensory participatory research and pedagogical methods with photography.