The Power of Photoshop?

There is so much pressure on photographers to use Photoshop processing software.  Clients (usually women) say at their portrait sessions: “Make sure you make me look slimmer”. “Take my wrinkles away”. I’ve even been asked to restyle someone’s hair! I don’t use Photoshop a great deal in my portrait work.  My work with clients in…

Mixed Media – Textured Backgrounds

For my creative journaling workshops, I have been experimenting with different backgrounds for layering.  This one reminded me of ageing skin, with brown age spots and blue thread veins. It interested me so much that it may be used in collage work for my work on identity for my MA Arts Practice (Arts, Health and…

ACC1Love – Working with Asylum Seekers

I was asked to design a summer project of the African Community Centre, working with a group of male asylum seekers and refugees.  The aim of the project was to teach them digital photography skills.  After lots of discussion, the group decided on a theme for the project.  We had talked about how asylum seekers…

Stereotypes and Stigma

My work has been exploring the stereotypes of minority groups and the stigma felt by members of those groups.  For this art practice, I have been working with a group of women  who have been affected by mental health problems in a participatory setting, and we have co-created work over an eight session period.  These…

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