Photography event at the Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, lead by Mel Ezra
Bringing Gower Home project provided a fantastic opportunity for ASDES clients to photography aspects of the Gower within the Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill. The session was run very successfully by Mel Ezra and outcomes of the Brining Gower Home project can be viewed on Mel’s on website.
On a wet and cold Saturday in November, 8 participants engaged in some challenging tasks that developed their ability to see into a photograph and not just use their understanding of photography skills for a good photo. Some of the participants were very experienced photographers others were new to the idea, however all set out across the Heritage Centre site to capture images of how their interpreted the tasks set by Mel.
The results and discussions around the images were outstanding throughout the day. The day started with a treasure hunt activity where participants explored the site looking for a range of concepts that Mel had set out including something that makes you smile. One of the very smiley images captured left, many different images of the feathered friends on site were taken throughout the day.
Each individual interpreted their findings with great passion. It was a busy day on the Heritage Site as it was the first day of the Christmas Fayre and Santa was in town, for some reason nobody took his image! Taking images of others was one of the next challenges set and the importance emphasised on seeking consent, not all participants wanted to consent to their own images being shared which was respected throughout the day. The following stunning images were captured of people working on site – perhaps not all of them in the present day but that was the beauty of allowing the participants their own interpretation of the task.
“I have never really done photography before but I got to spend the day with a camera and really enjoyed it “
Self-images were a concept that some struggled with throughout the day but Mel facilitated thoughts into different interpretations of the ‘selfie’ with some of the images that she had in her collection. Discussions were had over good and poor images before the group set off to capture their own, some with the help of others! Again some amazing interpretation of the ‘selfie’ and thought provoking outcomes that they don’t always have to be the same as none of us look the same! Check out reflections in some of the fabulous images below and the upside down one, that was how it was meant to be – what is the right way up in a picture
“this was a good opportunity to share my imagination”
Through anonther one of the well planned tasks by Mel, participants were set off to capture images ‘the Gower’ and the outcomes again were well discussed and viewed through different
lenses as they each captured a different word but the word is not always that obvious. The following images represent the words but not necessarily in any order – down below, square, round, between
And finally to end a very though provoking day the participants were requested to identify one of their images that represents the day and the outcomes were truly stunning. Feedback from some of the professionals that Mel has had comment on her website is highly commendable. The following are those eight images which will now form part of an exhibition to be arranged by ASDES where participants, friends, family and professionals will be invited along to see the work of future photographers.
Prior to the finale some words of genuine feedback captured from the participants
“I feel that the photographs look as if they were taken professionally and not by me”
“Today made the audience aware of my expressions and personality”
“Today was brilliant, I could photograph many streams, falls, chickens and ducks”