Photography Used to Tackle Social Isolation

Photography Used to Tackle Social Isolation

Over the past 10 weeks, Developing Health & Independence (DHI) have been running a pilot with Bristol Ageing Better to provide photography workshops for people over the age of 50 who had some experience of social isolation.

Using photography as a medium, eight participants have relayed their experience, beliefs and awareness about how social isolation affects themselves and their wider communities.

Most had no previous experience with photography as an art form, but this project has taught them about what makes a good photograph and how to take one. More importantly than that, they have made connections and friendships, and tackled stigmas around social isolation head on.

Nicky Auguste, DHI’s Peer Support Coordinator who worked on the project, said: “It has been a great experience and privilege working with all of the people involved and seeing how this project has helped inspire people and reconnect with the community.”

Roz, who is receiving counselling at DHI as the family member of an alcoholic, said: “I felt initially out of my comfort zone but was immediately put at ease that everyone was very warm and encouraging. I have a background in art, but have had a creative block for years and this has helped me get my creative juices flowing again.”

Their work is now being exhibited at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol until 24th December.

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