Nominations for the 7seven project are now open! To find out all the information about the two week long workshop visit Newcastle Museum’s website here. SAVE THE DATE Sunday March 3rd Nominees will be invited to attend the initial one day workshop on Sunday March 3rd, this is a chance to take part in an initial workshop and learn more about the project.
Below are a few of my photographs from Newcastle made between 2010-2012. Hopefully some visual food for thought for any Novacastrians interested in applying for the 7seven project.
Novacastrians I am pleased to announce 7Seven is upon us!
As the flyer above states Newcastle Museum is now accepting applications for the 7Seven project. Applicants will then be invited to attend the nomination day on Sunday March 4th where I will run a series of small workshops and we will also go on a small photography tour through parts of Newcastle.
7Seven is an incredibly exciting project and I am delighted to be involved. After months of meetings and conversations with Newcastle Museum people we have agreed on the following things being key to what will define this project 7 people of 7 different ages will use 7 pictures to tell collectively 7 stories of 7 different Newcastle’s. In case you didn’t realise we really like 7!
If you are interested in submitting an application, or you know a character who you think would be perfect this could be a grandparent, neighbour, from sporting/religious group, neice or nephew etc please do so as soon as possible.
Tomorrow, 12th January, marks the three year anniversary since the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti killing more than 300,000 and leaving another 1,000,000 homeless. In November 2012 I visited Haiti on assignment for SOS Childrens Village, my timing was impeccable. Flying into Port-au-Prince and just hours later Haiti and other parts of the Carribean was met by Hurricane Sandy which pounded the area for 3 days. Albeit the catastrophic weather conditions I was able to continue with my work thanks to the generous support and resources of SOS Haiti, my work produced in Haiti can be seen via links below.
Here is a link to a piece of writing about transitioning away from emergency relief and another here about the importance of education in Haiti. As a photographer writing doesn’t come as easily as making pictures does, it was only on return from Haiti that I was able to meaningfully convey my experiences of working on assignment for SOS Childrens Village. One of the main aspects of what I was covering was the shift away from ’emergency/crises funding’ towards more sustainable long forms of development. Creating real change is a long process and one that in my opinion cant often take place in a matter of weeks, months, years or a couple of funding cycles. With this in mind I was aware that I was privileged to be working with an organisation that has been in Haiti for over 30 years providing consistent long term support for communities through a range of community and education programs. In addition to these programs another vital part of the work which dates back to SOS inception in Haiti is the Childrens Villages which support unaccompanied children many of whom arrive as babies all the way into adulthood. To view more of my photographs from my time on assignment here.
Here is a link to One of my multimedia pieces made on assignment for SOS Childrens Village . Increasingly I am working on combined photo and multimedia assignments and while this changes my workflow creating a much more edit heavy workload I believe it also offers another medium for conveying complex development issues usually through human stories for a great audience. I am told the second multimedia piece will be released in the coming weeks and I will provide a link to this as soon as possible.
In addition to my work on assignment featured above here are a few triptychs taken with a medium format camera using black and white film. These are collections of washing hanging throughout the SOS Childrens Village after Hurricane Sandy
As part of an ongoing commissioned project Engage Newcastle documenting a range of communities, cultures and subcultures in Newcastle I spent a day this summer at the Mang-guwan cultural arts festival event organised by The Loft.
As I went to introduce myself to the troupe leader I heard a familiar voice and sure enough the leader turned out to be an old friend Michael Heitmeyer. Michael was helping to paint up ‘a group of young brothers’ as he names the group, the dancers were impressive and performed in the summer heat to a crowd of a few hundred gathered at Newcastle beach for Mang-guwan.