Local people are being invited to ‘see life through a new lens’ at an exciting photography exhibition created by people with mental health problems. The exhibition is called ‘Photophenia’ and it will showcase the work of a digital photography group from Pathways Day Services, Mirfield.
All the photos in the exhibition are of local places, and have been taken by people who attend Pathways Day Service, which is jointly run by South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust and social services. Pathways helps people with mental health problems develop skills, and confidence through activities such as computers, art and music.
Matt Ellis, development worker at Pathways, who facilitates the group said, "The group are all beginners to digital photography but have produced some great results. We’re inviting people to come along to the exhibition, open their mind’s eye and see life through a new lens. Life can be hard and tough but it also can be extremely beautiful when we take a second look. Although this does not make life less difficult, it makes it more rich."
Speaking about her photography, group member Amanda said, "I’ve enjoyed loosing myself in the activity and seeing life in a different way. I’ve learnt something creative which others have noticed and appreciated. We’ve made each other smile." Fellow group member John said, "It’s been brilliant! It’s got me meeting people again. We have had fun!"
‘Photophenia’ will open on Tuesday 26th June, 7-9pm at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield. The viewing gallery will then be open Monday to Wednesday from 3rd-26th July.