Today has been a very exciting one for us here at Create and for a very special group of our participants. A key objective of every Create programme is to help raise participants’ self-esteem; and what could be a more special and exciting way to do this than to have their work professionally published?
Last year, photography workshops formed part of inspired:arts. This new programme, generously funded by The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust, was designed to give 100+ young carers the opportunity to take part in creative arts activities that would enable them to develop skills to help themselves and help others. During the summer holidays, our professional photographer Tracey Fahy worked with 11 young carers from Kingston on a two day garden photography project. Using our high quality digital cameras, they learnt new photography techniques (composition, macro, texture and pattern) that would enable them to work together to take imaginative, creative pictures. They then visited Kew Gardens and the Buddhapadipa Temple in Wimbledon.
Tracey was so inspired by their photographs that she submitted them to the International Garden Photographer of the Year collection and a special feature has been included in the book. What a fantastic testament to their creativity, their ability to interpret the theme and, above all, to the quality of their work. Congratulations to Alana, Ben, Connor, Dan, Hakim, Harry, Jaz, Jess, Maya, Phoebe and Syan.
To see the featured photos, visit our gallery. To purchase a copy of the stunning book, visit http://amzn.to/13c0yad. To find out more about Kingston Young Carers Project visit http://kingstoncarers.org.uk/young-carers/.