Seeing More Things was a 3 year visual literacy programme, hosted by The Photographer's Gallery, partnering photographers and writers with schools across London.
I had the privilege of working for one term with Jai Moodie at Hampstead School in Kilburn and his group of year 10 photography students.
These portraits, shot in a room off of the classroom using available light, were planned and directed by the students. Each portrait contains a personal item or gesture that holds a story for the young person. This series of images is a culmination of 3 months of workshops where the young people developed skills in reading, analysing, understanding and making images.
Over 12 weeks, my workshops were informed by a ‘Five Ways In’ template provided by The Photographer's Gallery; subject, context, form, composition and personal reaction.
This enthusiastic group developed both their technical and visual literacy skills through focused discussions, experimenting with taking pictures and visiting a variety of photography exhibitions in London.
Their portraits are on permanent display in their school.