Five exhibitions of Image17′s ‘Taking Part’ project will take place in Waltham Forest between 24 March 2012 until 16 September 2012. Image17, a photography collective that I belong to was commissioned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest to document different sports group in the borough.
The collection of 144 celebratory images record the activities of 48 groups and show the breadth of sports available and also the commitment of staff and volunteers. Sport plays an important role in a community; as well as keeping people fit and active, it brings people together, creating friendships and support networks.
24 March – 22 April 2012
Taking Part I – Leyton Library, High Road, London E10 5QH
(Featuring my photographs of Boccia at Doreen Capstan House organised by Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme.)
5 May – 27 May 2012
Taking Part II – North Chingford Library, The Green, London E4 7EN
9 June – 1 July 2012
Taking Part III – Leytonstone Library, 6 Church Lane, London E11 1HG
21 July – 19 August 2012
Taking Part IV – Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN
(Featuring my photographs of the Multi-sport Summer Games at Waltham Forest Pool and Track organised by the Sports and Leisure Team from the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.)
21 August – 16 September 2012
Taking Part V – Walthamstow Library, High Street, London E17 7JN
(Featuring my photographs of curling at White Hart Lane organised by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.)
Private view: Fri 3rd June 2011 6 – 9pm
Exhibition continues: 4th – 18th June 2011
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12 – 7pm
Artist talk and discussion forum: Sat 11th June 2011 2 – 4pm
My new exhibition of large-scale portraits provide a rare glimpse inside the Crisis Rough Sleepers’ Centre in London, which operates during Christmas each year. Cameras are usually banned from the Centre, but as a long-term volunteer I was given permission to capture a series of portraits depicting guests and volunteers.
The images portray the dignified and respectful relationships that develop at the Centre. This series of work also challenges perceptions of homelessness: the subjects removed identifying name badges or wristbands, often making it unclear who is the guest and who is the volunteer.
A discussion forum (Sat 11th June, 2 – 4pm) with fellow photographer Katherine Green and Crisis volunteer manager Jennie Smith will be a highlight of the exhibition. Speakers from both sides of the camera, including subjects from the Guests & Volunteers series, will discuss the challenges of representing individuals in vulnerable situations.
The exhibition finishes on Saturday 18th June and the full series of images will be online soon after.
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During the last week of the Walthamstow Dogs in 2008 I took a series of portrait photographs of staff, dog-trainers and people from the crowd. The portraits were captured with a medium format film camera using a tripod and a long exposure. Working like this slows down the picture-taking process: it takes time to set up the camera, tripod and compose the photograph. My subjects often start concentrating on what I’m doing which helps create intense portraits. I like to think this series of photos also captures the mood of the evening – one of sadness at the stadium’s imminent demise.
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