“Photography is about perspective and what really made clear to me because people partially sighted that doesn’t mean they cant take photographs. Their photography is a very different perspective, this highlights to me without any doubt that photography is a situated, subjective perspective. The photography we are sold by the media is often centered around aesthetics which is an exclusion form of photography.”

— Jaz

Sensory Photography

Team:

Ingrid Guyon, Mickel Smithen, Gina Badenoch, David Kendall

Partners/Funders:

Ojos que Sienten A.C (Sight of Emotion);  the British Council; the Mexican Embassy United Kingdom; Rich Mix

You need to talk to me, don’t stop talking, I need to hear your voice! The sound will give me the direction of where you are

– Berenice

 

The ‘Sensory Pop Up Studio’ utilised photographic and sensory experiences to generate awareness, challenge and change public perceptions towards disability (specifically visual impairment) by focusing on the creative abilities of participants.

The two-day event brought together sighted and unsighted young people and adults and the general public. The studio built and promoted social and cultural integration and connected  international audiences through visual media. Activities aimed to build confidence and encourage creative dialogue and spatial exchange between participants through sensory photography.

“The thing that surprised me the most, is how photography in the media is a form of exclusion. Because it fetishists the aesthetic quality rather than the human experience”

– Berenice