This is the second video in Walmsley-Griffiths’ Shutter Release commission for The Living City. You can view her first video here.
Shutter Release is a series of photography sessions designed to create connection to each other in our immediate environment and find space to slow our own thoughts and connect to the present moment.
The learning playlists guides participants through a series of practical sessions where either a DSLR camera or a phone camera can be utilised to explore the world we live in at home, or on a walk. You can find out more about the project below.
If you take any photos during the session we would love you to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be part of our online exhibition.
Activities to complete
You may want to complete the following activities before watching the video.
Links to Pinterest photography tips continue throughout sessions including DSLR and phone photography. It doesn’t matter what camera you use – the sessions are designed to allow photography, encourage escapism and to be in the moment.
“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.”
– Alfred Eisenstaedt
More about Shutter Release
With lockdown in mind the photography sessions incorporate meditation encouraging and allowing ways to slow down, breathe and to use all of our senses to connect with who we are and where we are in the world using simple techniques incorporating the 5 ways to well being, the 5 sessions invite a new photographic journey over 5 days which can be in succession or further apart dependent on the journey maker.
5 ways to well being
- Connect. Each person you meet is a doorway into another world. …
- Be Active. Let’s not get it twisted – what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing.
- Keep Learning. A comfort zone is a cool place but nothing ever grows there. …
- Help Others. …
- Take Notice. ..
The sessions will explore how photography is a visual language with the ability to tell personal stories and create strong lines of communication.
Develop ideas around creativity as sharing and the benefits of common and shared experience.
Help us to tell our own stories whilst exploring proven elements of wellbeing and feelings of empowerment.
You can use videos, photographs and audio as well as writing descriptions of your experiences and where comfortable share your experience on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #shutterrelease.
About Claire Walmsley-Griffiths
Claire seeks to make human connections through photography by using a camera to start conversations.
Her work explores the psychology of people, places, our identity, what community is, was, and what it might become? She creates art installations using her pictures alongside audio recordings that trigger exchanges of shared experiences and consider how we measure self-worth. She is interested in collaboration and making connections with people by sharing alternative ways to take photographs through experimental techniques.
To find out more about Claire Walmsley-Griffiths and her other work go to her website https://clairewalmsleygriffiths.com/.
The Living City project is produced by They Eat Culture, & supported by the Community Lottery Fund & Arts Council England.