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05-08-2009
23 post(s)
Independent Arts and Minds is a new organization that is currently running weekly creative sessions for adults living in Dereham, suffering from stress, anxiety and/or depression. A team of professional community artists with a wide range of specialist areas including sculpture, film and performance lead the friendly, informal drop-in sessions. Some of the work produced will be showcased in public exhibitions, performances and screenings, providing an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues in the community, break down stigma, and promote the role of creativity in helping people to recover from mental ill health and stay well. The project also aims to collaborate with other community groups in both making and exhibiting work, thus reducing the isolation people suffering from mental ill health are known to experience particularly in rural areas. I have been covering this local Arts group for a few weeks... just wondered about other photographers views on documenting communities, individuals and groups such as this?...
05-08-2009
89 post(s)
To date I haven't had a chance but in the fall I plan on doing what's proudly called dog therapy work, and really means bringing canines to senior citizen homes or hospitals and share some joy with poeple. If opportunity permits I would be more happy to document it.
05-08-2009
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Ahhhh brilliant!!!... In the fall I'm doing a similar shoot on an Animal Sanctuary where they have a room built specially for people to visit and have one to one sessions with animals... very good for people with all manner of ailments. Really looking forwards to seeing the work you make!!!
05-08-2009
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Hey Jim, maybe a kind photographer (with lots of money( could travel around the globe and cover THIS distressed community ;o))) Plenty of despondent folks on all continents, licking heir wounds, staring off into space...;o) Sorry, Jim - I couldn't resist after what we've been through. Seriously I think it's fantastic as your own work attests so eloquently. Forgive the joke. Sick man. Won't happen again.
05-08-2009
23 post(s)
Haha!... well, all I believe is... what goes around comes around... opinions are vital but manners cost nothing. Nuff said... Om!