At the beginning of the year I was one of the facilitators at a series of workshops, “Changing Lenses, Glasgow stories of integration” with Migrant Voice.
“Photographs are brought together with writing in this exhibition which features work made as part of the Changing Lenses project which delivered a number of workshops and discussions by the photographers Karen Gordon and Robin Mitchell, the Turner Prize artist Duncan Campbell, the writer’s Ruskin Gammon and Samina Chaudhry and the filmmaker Amparo Fortuny.”
“Migrant Voice is a migrant-led organisation established to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of members of migrant communities, including asylum seekers and refugees. We work to amplify migrant voices in the media and public life to counter xenophobia and build support for our rights.
Migration brings a wealth of benefits to Britain. But public and media debate routinely leaves out migrant voices, and can be toxic, misleading, and damaging to community cohesion. We believe the best antidote to divisive rhetoric is real stories, told by real people. ”
This was such an enjoyable project and I made some really good friends through it. The mix of people was diverse and super interesting with people from all walks of life coming together through art and trying to make the world and easier place to navigate.
After each session I invited participants to help me shoot portraits of everybody and perhaps learn a wee bit about my lighting style and my approach to portraiture.
They seemed to enjoy it!
Below is a selection of those portraits.