Frame of Mind young photographers’ group
Would you like to learn some photography tips and try some different ways of taking pictures?
The detail on museum objects sparks fresh ideas for looking about with a camera. No special equipment required – a smartphone is all you need. This group will also suggest simple ways to stop, look and listen to nature to boost your wellbeing. Exploring the world around you and doing something creative are wonderful ways to look after your mental health.
Inspired by RAMM
The infinite variety in the museum can set us on endless paths of discovery – from east African barkcloth to seeking out the textures on trees; from stuffed birds to sound recording; from modern art to exploring colour photography; from ancient writing in wax tablets to spray painted street art; from patterns in old costume to finding shapes wherever we look; from Victorian woodcarving to creating photographic autobiographies. Trust your instincts that you’ll see something interesting out there that you can use to tell your own story.
It’s not a search for perfection. It’s all about enjoying your own creativity and curiosity, and maybe taking a pause to feel grounded on the planet.
Focusing on mental health
The project is being shaped by young people with their own experiences of mental health issues, who want to create a kind, supportive space on social media as an antidote to the unattainable perfection and superficial competition showcased in much of the digital world. This includes sharing occasional words of wisdom from celebrities past and present, from environmental activists to musicians.
There will be some opportunities for face-to-face sessions led by a photographer. Art therapists and local mental health services are helping us give priority to children, young people and families at especially difficult times. We know the last couple of years have been hard for a lot of young people and children. This is not therapy, but it might make you feel a bit better and less alone.
Frame of Mind is inspired by the methods of Look Again mindful photography and research by University of Gloucester Engage With Your Community With Fresh Eyes about its benefits for wellbeing.
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