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THE FAMILY ALBUM PROJECT WAS PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SMALL GREEN SHOOTS
ABOUT FAMILY ALBUM
THE FAMILY ALBUM was an innovative project to celebrate International Day of Families 2014. Under the guidance of acclaimed photographer Agenda and as part of an innovative Arts Council England-funded project, a group of young people from Tottenham brought their pop-up studio to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, offering local families a free portrait to create the ultimate family album of N15. As part of the project the participants visited the National Portrait Gallery, and worked with local guest artists, photographer Vicki Couchman and creative writer Daphne Sobers.
THE FAMILY ALBUM TEAM
MEET THE FAMILY ALBUM TEAM: The participants are: Kristian lam-Clark, Patsy Marquis, Savannah Guy, Shannon Duval-moutia & Tevin Marquis
This project really has been a family affair!
MEET THE LEAD CREATIVE AND GUEST ARTISTS
LEAD CREATIVE: AGENDA
AGENDA: of Visual Marvelry is a winner of the Canon photography award for his portrait work. A former graphic designer, who has worked with The Times and The Economist. Agenda is driven by the desire to encapsulate authenticity in a chosen moment, whilst dissolving anything that gets in the way of connecting with a great image. Cross fertilisation and collaborating with people to create something amazing is a key feature of his approach. He is a rich observer with a sniper’s eye for detail but an art director’s empathy for character and role. The final image is a personalised choreography, filmic in scale but a close-up of the person as an actor on their own stage.
GUEST ARTIST: VICKI COUCHMAN
VICKIE COUCHMAN: The key to my photography is breaking the ice and making people relaxed, especially as it is so pressurised to get an image of someone in (sometimes) just a few minutes. I love my job.
I’ve been fortunate to be in it for over 20 years, beginning as a junior photographer on the Isle of Wight County Press, before going onto The Brighton Evening Argus where I won several photographic awards in my three years there. Having become disillusioned with the direction of my photography, I sought a new direction away from my safe job and travelled the world. The result; I published two photographic travel books covering Asia and South America, the first being an illustrated travel book best-seller for Christmas 1996.
For the last 15 years, I have worked as a photographer based in London for many of the UK’s national newspapers, regularly for the Sunday Times Style and Culture magazines. I have been on assignment for various charities to Africa, including Trade plus Aid, Save the Rhino International and Christian Aid. Festivals have taken me to destinations near and far for Loaded Magazine and I regularly shoot travel stock for Axiom Photographic Travel Library.
It’s easy to get pigeon-holed as a certain type of photographer but I feel lucky to have moved through several different disciplines including news and sport photography, interiors, travel, reportage and portrait photography. Each has required different skills and techniques that have given me the experience to deliver diverse creative ideas to make the final image.
I strongly believe technical skills are as important as personality for getting the best image from the subject. My work has now taken a natural progression towards film. I made a documentary for Channel 4 called ‘Back to Bangalore’ and most recently a short film ‘The Bride, The Groom and His Package’.
I have co-founded Blindbatfilms.com – short web films shot from a photographic eye, and made for businesses wanting to reach a wider audience through moving image.
Alongside commissions I have successfully documented and sold my own personal photographic projects, some of which are included in the galleries on this website. I’m a self-confessed cake-o-holic, can roll my belly amusingly, can hoolahoop and play table football.
GUEST ARTIST: DAPHNE SOBERS
DAPHNE SOBERS: I am a creative writer who enjoys teaching inspirational and enlightening storytelling and poetry. I get great satisfaction helping young people to find their voice through storytelling and other forms of creative writing.
I have also been privately commissioned to write copy for Visual Marvelry Photography and Titan Black, a luxury watch manufacturer. I have devised a creative writing programme for YH World, a youth media organisation. My work has been exhibited as part of AACDD (African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora) at the Barge House.
Writing has been my saviour, I have an understanding of how it can be used as a powerful form of artistic expression to help people. When I was a teenager and life was frustrating me. I would escape into my bedroom and would write poetry, stories and plays. I loved writing plays reflecting the life of young teenagers, how I felt the world saw us at the time and the challenges that we faced. Writing helped me to develop a sense of pride, articulate myself and develop my creativity. It empowered me.
Today I believe because of my experiences as a teenager and how I moved through that stage using writing as a form of expression, that I am able to help young people to do the same. To tell their own stories creatively, expressing themselves in a way, which enables them to feel they have some kind of positive ownership of their lives and their work with the freedom to write about whatever they wish or feel very passionate about.
SO WHAT DID THE TEAM GET UP TO DURING THE PROJECT?
THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE FAMILY ALBUM The team had taken part in many events and activities. Below are the resulting shots from the pop-up studio and the team visits in the form of a special online gallery.
“I am a creative writer who enjoys teaching inspirational and enlightening storytelling and poetry” Daphne Sobers, Writer