Blackfriars

The camera is a means of communication.

It is their voice.

At Blackfriars Settlement I worked with the Crusoe Club for the elderly visually impaired, a group from the Work Centre and the Youth Group at the Living Space at Waterloo.

With each group we created an informal studio with drapes, lights, props and cameras where they could explore being both in front of and behind the camera, creating the kind of portraits that were how they wanted to be seen. The camera is a medium format camera and the pictures are black and white, this was important as generally everyone thought that this made it different from the disposable cameras that I gave them to take away and take photographs in their own environment, these are shown as group collages.

I also visited them at home and took photographs of them in their own environments and was fascinated by their own photograph albums.