Resident photographers prove picture perfect

A group of residents have been honing their photography skills in a series of training sessions and have been offering portrait photos of other residents.


The aim of the project was to give residents the opportunity to learn new creative skills and use them to show their viewpoint. It will also be a launching point for a regular photography group and to find future funding for residents, for creative and digital training, facilities and even equipment.


The group have been taking part in photography training sessions at Plumer House run by social enterprise company Fotonow over the last few weeks. The final part of the project was for the residents to run two photo shoots, where the residents took portrait photos of other residents.


The photography training was run as a drop in session, with some people having attended all of the sessions, or maybe just one or two. Kevin Bishop is one resident who attended his first session today: “I was thrown straight into the deep end taking portraits of people and I’ve loved every second of it. I’m hoping to drop in to the future sessions and learn more, as it’s a great group of people and everyone seems keen and interested to learn.”


Matt Pontin from Fotonow explains the aim of the sessions: “I keep telling everyone that comes along that we want one thing from them when they attend – and that’s to move away from using Automatic on their camera!

“There are so many different things to learn about when it comes to photography but we are trying to teach people that you can get some great pictures by learning the basics, the apertures, what the ISO means and using the lighting around you. Everyone that has come along has enjoyed themselves and it’s been a real pleasure to help them learn.”



Jo Steel from the PCH Communities Team is running the project and said: “I am really proud of what the residents have achieved in this pilot project. It's been a great opportunity for residents to try new things and show their viewpoint. This project will now turn into an ongoing Photography group with regular meetings and we will shortly be exhibiting the residents photos to show off their amazing work”.


If you are interesting in learning more then please email the Communities Team or call on 0808 230 6500