Negs from my first roll of film testing for my new portrait project highlighting and celebrating local cyclists along with exploring issues around cycling in Birmingham. Shot on a beautiful Hasselblad 503cx medium format camera with Kodak Portra 400 colour 120 colour film. This was my first time shooting with this camera and looking forward to more upcoming shoots. #hasselblad #hasselblad503cx #filmphotography #portraitphotography
#cycling #birmingham #cyclingbirmingham
Man's Work is a portrait project started last year in response to the thoughts and feelings I had witnessing the role of David as a stay-at-home father to our daughter, Lyla, and by extension the importance that men play in raising children. The project aims to highlight, celebrate and explore the role of men in early childcare - still in its early stages, it is currently purely visual but will develop in time to include a written, story-telling element to accompa...ny the photographs.
I am thrilled to tell you that my three first portraits from the project are part of Birmingham City University's Parkside Platform ' A Time and a Place' exhibition at Birmingham's Grand Central Station, open now until 20th January 2018. If you are passing through, I hope you can stop to take a look!
Lots of love to you all this Christmas and New Year
Over the last couple of weeks I've been working with Product and Furniture Design students at BCU teaching creative product photography skills in the studio. Here are a few of my tests from the studio...very different to my usual work but it was so much fun experimenting with colour, shape and form and I think these images fall more into the category of conemporary still life than product.
#iVOLUNTEER Portraits - Day 6... Final Day
The final portrait of the series is Surinder - Warehouse Supervisor, Holy Trinity Branch, Smethwick Foodbank
As a Smethwick Foodbank Volunteer, Surinder works with and leads a team of 15 volunteers at the Smethwick Foodbank Holy Trinity branch and interacts with the large number of people from the community who use the service....
“I just really like helping people that need it and making them feel relaxed and comfortable. Just being friendly and welcoming”, says Surinder. She found the Foodbank by chance, noticing the church doors open while out walking one day. “I went in and asked about volunteering… and I’ve been here ever since!”.
#iVOLUTEER Portraits - Day 5
Today's portrait is of The Brushstrokes Sandwell Volunteer Catering Team - Parveen, Mahtaj, Mary, Jennifer, Claudia, Makbule, Halima and Asma. The group meet every Friday to prepare and serve a hot meal, free of charge, to members of the local community.
Parveen, Claudia, Asma and Halima reflect on their role as a volunteer:...
PARVEEN For Parveen, volunteering has not only been a route back into work, but has also helped her overcome depression and social isolation. “We all get stuck in, she says, “it gets your mind off things talking to different people”. She volunteered for a long while at Brushstrokes, improving her CV and gaining references. Parveen was especially in demand as she speaks three languages and although she is now in employment, she still comes in to volunteer.
CLAUDIA Arriving in England in 2014 from Romania via a long stay in Italy, Claudia’s main motivation for volunteering with Brushstrokes was to learn English while giving her time to help people. “I have time and I want to do something for other people”, she says. “It’s good: you make them happy”. She has also found that her new English skills have given her confidence as her children go into secondary school. She hopes to stay at Brushstrokes as a volunteer and also to gain valuable experience for paid employment.
ASMA A previous customer at Brushstrokes, Asma enjoys giving back to the charity and socialising with the other volunteers which has helped her with learning English: “When I first came here I couldn’t speak at all!”, she says. Asma is now taking exams to get her back into university after her studies were interrupted in Iran.
HALIMA “I don’t like to stay at home. I like to be out, I like to help people”. Halima moved to UK with her family about 14 years ago, and says volunteering has helped her learn English more than the classes she has taken. “It’s been very helpful finding friends here, getting a chance to speak English; and it’s helped me to help my kids with their schoolwork.”
#iVOLUNTEER Portraits - Day 4
Today's portrait is Ele - Volunteer Photographer, North Smethwick Development Trust.
As a Volunteer Photographer Ele helps NSDT capture different activities and events. Her images and videos are used for publication on the organisation’s website and social media platforms, enabling NSDT to showcase their work widely....
Volunteering since 16 at The Children’s Society, Ele loves the social aspect of volunteering and has made many friends over the years since, meeting people from different places and walks of life. “It’s really great to learn about people from different backgrounds and who’ve had different experiences”, she says. Her photography at Brasshouse has been informed by studying at university and she is happy to bring her skills to the volunteering sector. She has also been challenged to assist with the marketing of the activities and services provided at Brasshouse in addition to photography too - “There’s never a dull day here!”, Ele says.
#iVOLUNTEER Portraits - Day 3
Today's portrait is the Tipton Litter Watch Team..
The Tipton Litter Watch team are Paul, Sarah, Billy, Ian, Keith, Louise, Mark, Gemma, Derek & James....
The team meet daily at various locations in the local area to provide a valuable litter picking service for the community; they also meet regularly to tend allotments at in Tipton and Smethwick.
Paul, Ian and Sarah reflect on their role as a volunteer:
PAUL Paul started volunteering after a course he took locally. He finds the role challenging physically, but always looks forward to coming to volunteer, particularly making new friends. “We do have a bit of banter!” he says.
IAN & SARAH After working and volunteering at Sandwell Valley amongst other places, Ian and Sarah started helping in Tipton. They both like the Caroline Street allotment and especially the tea-making facilities! “It’s good teamwork” adds Sarah.
#iVOLUNTEER Exhibition Portraits - Day 2
Today's portrait is Richard - Group Work Community Supporter, Soho/Victoria Friends & Neighbours.
Richard volunteers at Soho and Victoria Friends & Neighbours participating in group sessions for local community and helping with administrative duties....
“We invite members of the public to raise awareness about issues that affect them in the community”, says Richard who has been volunteering at Friends & Neighbours for the last three months; “I want to touch people’s lives. You are utilising your skills to help the lives of people who need it so much.”
He enjoys the challenge of meeting the requirements of changing roles: “You’ve got to be passionate about your community, about current issues”.
Now the #iVOLUNTEER exhibition has ended thought it was about time I shared the final portraits with you here. I'll be posting photos of one volunteer per day over the rest of this week.
First up is Sophie, Lunch Club Assistant at St Albans Community Association.
The St Alban’s Lunch Club runs daily and offers a hot meal and friendship for older members of the local community. Sophie’s volunteer role requires her to help prepare and serve food and, most vitally, welcome and ...befriend the members of the Club.
Having previously worked in retail, volunteering for St Albans has been a welcome change of direction for Sophie. She has only been at the charity for six months, but has already had a lot of experience building positive relationships with the service users there which she says is the most enjoyable part of volunteering. As the mother of a young child, she also wanted more social interaction: “I was isolated at home sometimes, whereas here I am always with other people”.
A few shots from Friday night's exhibition launch - it was a wonderful evening and I'm so proud of what myself and the team at the Brasshouse Community Centre managed to achieve in a lunch short space of time... the whole thing came together is less than just one month! The best part of the evening was seeing the volunteers get the recognition they deserve for all their dedication and commitment to their work.
I'll be posting all the images featured in the exhibition here soon!
It's #iVOLUNTEER Exhibition Day! All the photos are now printed and mounted and being hung on the walls as I write...... if you wanted to come along to the launch it's at 5.30pm tonight at the Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA. f you can't make it the photos will on display until the end of June.
We're looking forward to the event at Brasshouse Nsdt tonight where we will celebrate Volunteers week. It starts at 5.30pm and all are welcome. The talented Ell...ie Gibbons, Photographer will have her work on exhibition at the event. Please check her Facebook page for sneak preview of what to expect tonight. All photographs in the exhibition are of local volunteers and tonight's event is about them and all the other volunteers who give up their time for great causes. #VolunteersWeek #BrasshouseEvents #iVOLUNTEER
I'm making final preparation for tomorrow's #iVOLUNTEER exhibition launch tomorrow..printing and mounting is no quick task!
The launch is tomorrow, Friday 2nd June, 17:30-19:00 at The Brasshouse Community Centre, Smethwick, and the images will be up until the end of June.
Here's a little taster of what's to come!...
Here's a little taster of what's to come at our #iVolunteer photography exhibition launch tomorrow, Friday 2 June 5.30pm at North Smethwick Development Trust wi...th Ellie Gibbons, Photographer, Smethwick Foodbank, St Albans Community Association, Litter Watch, Brushstrokes Sandwell & Friends & Neighbours.
Come along, enjoy nibbles, drinks and help us kick off the #VolunteersWeek celebrations! Everyone is welcome.