Developing Lives is a participatory film photography project in Exeter that will provide 4, 8-week photographic programmes, that will engage with 60 participants & will provide them with the opportunity to create their own imagery through film photography, the film developing process and printing images within a darkroom environment.
This project is aimed at people who have lived experience of mental health problems, are experiencing social isolation or experiencing other social challenges. It is also open to residence across the city of Exeter and the surrounding areas.
Each 8-week film photography programme is free to attend and they will enable participants to immerse themselves in the film photography process and build a portfolio of printed images. In addition, all participants will have the opportunity to take part in the following activities:
In addition, each participant in Developing Lives project will have continuous access to a 35mm film camera & will be provided with 3 rolls of black & white film.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in 2 photography/community trips, have 2 darkroom sessions & receive 28 hours of social interaction & creativity.
Those taking part in the photography programme will learn basic camera skills, develop film processing & printing techniques, build a portfolio of personal printed images, go on photography trips, work in a safe environment within small groups and be part of an immersive & creative activity
This year-long project will culminate with an informal gathering of all the participants who have taken part throughout the project & will provide all the participants with the opportunity to meet each other, share their experiences and share their photographic portfolios
Free to attend
Length of project
Year long project incorporating:
4, 8-week film photography programmes
Developing Lives 1 - starting March 2020
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Project Funded by
The National Lottery Community Fund