Local people are being invited to the "making the ordinary extraordinary" photography exhibition created by people with mental health problems at AMADA Arts, Textile Hall, Batley, W17 5HW.
The exhibition will showcase the work of the digital photography group from Pathways Day Service, Mirfield. Pathways, which is jointly run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Kirklees Council Adult Services, helps people with mental health problems develop skills and confidence through activities such as computers, art and music. The digital photography group have produced the photographs that will be on display during a series of photography activity sessions, which aim to encourage the group to come together and learn from one another’s interests and skills. Some of the group have previous photography experience, but the entire group produced photos of such excellent quality they were too good not to share. When given the encouragement, people quickly develop their own styles and gain confidence and self esteem. Matt Ellis, social worker at Pathways, who facilitates the group said, “The group have produced some great results. We are always amazed at the variety and quality of work. We’re inviting people to come along to the exhibition, open their mind’s eye and see life from a different perspective. The group have managed to capture this and produce some fantastic photos.” Councillor Walton added: “Pathways is a valuable service which offers a range of meaningful activities like photography that help people build up confidence and self esteem. While learning new skills service users can increase and develop strengths and interests in a supportive environment. With many talented photographers, this exhibition is well worth a visit.”
The group hopes the exhibition will help to raise awareness into mental health. Most people at sometime have difficulties, but Pathways has found that it doesn’t stop them from being creative. Instead they have found it can enhance the appreciation and perception of the environment. This includes everyday objects, rusty machines, nature and anything with a shape and form.
Group member Nick said: "The digital photography group has helped me develop new perspectives and realise there is more than one way of looking at anything."
‘Making the ordinary extraordinary ‘ will open at a special preview on Wednesday 9th December between 7pm and 9pm. The viewing gallery will then be open until the end of January.
For more information about Pathways contact Matt Ellis on 01924 326540 or to view the pictures online visit flickr.com/groups/pathwaysds