Photography Club Showcase: Light Shines Through by Viewfinders
8 June to 26 August 2018
Free with Brighton Museum admission, residents and members free
“Our photography is a mixture of nature and our environment as well as our portraits, which reflect how we feel about our identities and shows how we feel within our surroundings.” Jacob
Viewfinders have created a body of photographic work, inspired by the museum’s exhibition Gluck: Art & Identity, which explores the young people’s lives and their identities. The group met with the exhibition curator and worked with the exhibition themes of LGBTQ+ identities and representation, concealing and revealing their own images through portraiture and use of metaphor.
Viewfinders are members of Photoworks’ Photography Club, an initiative enabling 13-17 year olds from Brighton & Hove to meet regularly, develop their camera skills alongside a professional photographer, produce photography and gain an Arts Award qualification.
The group explored local parks and landmarks with their cameras, making strong use of light and shadow and experimenting with composition to create striking portraits within the city’s green and built up areas. The young people reviewed their photographs; discussing ways of presenting ideas about having a sense of ‘blooming’ identities, self-awareness, respect and acceptance, as well as new perspectives on how we see ‘the other’ and ourselves.
Viewfinders have been supported by photographer Lynn Weddle, specialist support worker Reuben Davidson and Royal Pavilion & Museums’ Youth Engagement Team.
A registered charity dedicated to photography, Photoworks’ programme includes commissions, exhibitions, publishing, learning and the international photography festival Brighton Photo Biennial. Photoworks is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.