Pos­i­tiv­ity through pho­tog­ra­phy: vi­tal is­sues for young peo­ple

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

CUL­TURE Shifts is a re­gion-wide so­cially en­gaged pho­tog­ra­phy pro­gramme work­ing with 12 pho­tog­ra­phers em­bed­ded in com­mu­ni­ties across seven ar­eas.

It aims to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties to ex­plore their sto­ries in a way that is mean­ing­ful to them.

Young peo­ple from Sefton have come to­gether with pho­tog­ra­pher Colin McPher­son to cre­ate a series of photo sto­ries re­flect­ing on their iden­tity, in­ter­ests and lives.

Pos­i­tive Changes is an ex­hi­bi­tion which brings to­gether two di­verse yet in­ter­lay­ing projects by the Sefton New Be­gin­nings (LGBTQ+) group and the Sefton Youth Voice group.

The young peo­ple from New Be­gin­nings wished to cre­ate a body of work with Colin McPher­son, which touched on top­ics around gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, ste- reo­typ­ing and iden­tity.

Sefton Youth Voice wanted to work with pho­tog­ra­phy as a tool for spread­ing a UK-wide mes­sage about what mat­ters to young peo­ple to­day.

Work­ing with Colin to cre­ate a series of nine im­ages, each pho­to­graph rep­re­sents a key topic un­der the re­cent ‘Make Your Mark – Cur­ricu­lum to pre­pare us for life’ cam­paign; a na­tional youth par­lia­ment ini­tia­tive for young peo­ple to speak out about the ma­jor con­cerns for their gen­er­a­tion.

Top­ics ranged from men­tal health and cy­ber bul­ly­ing to body im­age, af­fects of me­dia, sex­ual health and pol­i­tics.

Each im­age from both sets of work will also be made into a post­card series with more in­for­ma­tion around each topic and how it is af­fect­ing young peo­ple.

The post­cards will be dis- trib­uted to lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives, ed­u­ca­tion and health sec­tors, spread­ing the mes­sage to those au­di­ences who need to hear it.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will in­clude au­dio in­ter­views by each of the young peo­ple as well as in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ments for the au­di­ence to re­spond to the con­tents of the show.

The ex­hi­bi­tions will cul­mi­nate in a long-run­ning show at Liver­pool’s Open Eye Gallery in Oc­to­ber, col­lect­ing to­gether high­lights from each of the ex­hi­bi­tions as part of an on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the gallery and Sefton Youth Ser­vice.

Pos­i­tive Changes comes to The Atkin­son, South­port, on Satur­day, September 9un­til Sun­day, Novem­ber 5.

Ex­hi­bi­tion times vary. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. the­atkin­son. co. uk/ events/pos­i­tive-changes/

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