Inspiring York minds with photography
York Mind set up a photography group in November 2011. They wanted to create a happy, creative environment for people recovering from mental health problems, with a focus on achieving outcomes and reengaging with activities such as learning and volunteering.
The six members and their tutor, Rebecca Rowan, meet on a Tuesday mornings and try a range of different settings including night and outdoor shoots. Most of the group had little or no experience of photography when the group started, but now they’re confident using lots of different photographic techniques, editing their photos and venturing into the community with their cameras.
...the photography group helps me to forget the problems in my life, it helps me to get on with things and have a focus.
There is a big emphasis on working together to help each other see life in a different way. Rebecca is keen to put a different slant on some well known photographs such as 'the unmade bed’ and ‘chaotic lifestyles’ hoping that the sessions can begin to emphasise positive thought and emotional well-being.
…art can be very insular, I could do that at home. In the photography group I have to get up out of bed, come to the class, meet people… it adds structure to my week.
The group is about to hold its first exhibition at the Guildhall, York. Rebecca says, “This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the group to enjoy a sense of achievement and demonstrate the skills they have”.
The Photography group at York Mind is all about inclusion, no matter what the ability or experience. It's about restoring pride in oneself and encouraging each other to appreciate life’s beauty. If you have a query about this photography group please contact Rebecca Rowan.
The group out on location:
Left to right Rob Kaye (Client) , Rebecca Rowan (tutor), Terry Colvin (Client) , Dan Brittan (Activity group leader, York Mind), Alex Thompson (Client)
Inspired by York Mind's group or want to tell us about your group or activity? Email Meg at Mind. If you'd like to hear more about what other groups are up to, visit the membership page and become a Mind member.