Community and Event Stories

There’s a saying that goes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and this is the perfect metaphor to link with some of the communities I’ve photographed over the years.  Although no two communities are the same, there is a common heartbeat, a strong connection that runs across them all. It’s the gathering of people with the purpose of supporting, offering refuge, educating and celebrating with those who want and need them. It is this that continues to draw me in to community storytelling.

Each community I work with is unique. These can be longer term photographic projects such as a year-in-the-life of documenting veterinary practices, the creative workshops organised by Ffilm Cymru Wales or the support services offered by Cyfannol Womens Aid. I photograph events, like the celebrations of multiple communities coming together for International Women’s Day. Held each year at The Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport. As well covering events such as dance productions, opening nights and unique wedding ceremonies.

If you are part of a community that would like me to explore and photograph what you do, whether it’s through an event or longer-term project, please email me for a chat. It would be great to hear your ideas.

Here are some stories from some of the communities I’ve worked with:

Cyfannol Women’s Aid

Ffilm Cymru Wales

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the experience

I spend time with a community group or event by photographing the people, relationships and stories taking place as they happen. This type of coverage can often lead to a more social documentary style of storytelling and these can benefit from a longer duration, perhaps multiple visits to really gain insight and give opportunity to gather an archive of images and narrative giving essence to what your community is about and how it serves.

      • Please do contact me HERE to talk about your ideas, needs and budget in mind
      • That way we can plan how and what your community gives to clients and society
      • Your story might be leading to a key event or focussing on a particular message?
      • We will work together to bring about an honest and authentic journey of that community.

I also photograph events such as International Women’s Day, theatre and dance productions along with creative workshops and screenings. As well as intimate and unusual weddings.

Please get in touch if you would like to explore ideas for your event.

Natural Children’s photography in Monmouthshire, Cardiff and Bristol area with Jo Haycock
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