Past Present Future

Refugee Council Brixton / Zoom in Photography School

Tuesday evening drop in for young people at The Refugee Council was a high-energy environment full of love and mayhem. I had the privilege of working there for 3 years with Project Manager Katie Murphy (Zoom In). Together we developed a series of photography projects and worked with an ever-shifting group of young people.

For this project, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating with photographer Adrian Wood. Using a makeshift studio and medium format film camera, we worked with participants to develop triptychs that represented memories of their past, who they are now and what their hopes and aspirations are.

A final exhibition and celebration took place at Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green.

Creative Process

By the time the Past Present Future project took place, Katie and I were familiar faces at the drop-in centre and known for running photography projects.

With this level of trust, the participants felt safe enough to share some difficult stories from their past alongside their ambitions for their future.

Over a series of workshops, Adrian and I used drama, text, and group discussion to help the young people plan their triptychs.