Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society have launched a new photographic project encouraging young carers to be creative and show what is important in their lives.
Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, supported by Arts Council England, have launched a national photography project to celebrate young carers across the UK.
Charities that share HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as patron are asking young carers to get creative with photographing what’s important to them in their lives and learning a fantastic new skill along the way.
The selected entries will form a national photographic exhibition titled “Young carers – A life in brief‘. This will follow a series of free online workshops and resources available to all young carers across the UK, created by renowned photographers, on how to take unique images on their mobile phone, camera or camera. .
Caiden Meacham (10) of Haverfordwest is supported by the Action for Children’s young careers service in Pembrokeshire. He said, “I want to learn how to take good photos and I can’t wait to learn. I like to take pictures of many different things like nature and my pets which mean a lot to me.
Vikki Phillips, Services Coordinator for Pembrokeshire Young Carers, added: “The project has generated a lot of enthusiasm among our young people like Caiden. This is a generation that loves taking pictures and documenting their lives, so this is a perfect opportunity to do so while learning new skills from experts in the field. I would love to see some of their work featured in the exhibit.
Renowned photographer and visual artist Jo Bradford has produced innovative and creative online workshops, which will cover technical topics such as composition through interesting subject guidelines and placements, lighting using objects that you can find in your home to get professional results and editing using homemade products. filters and apps found on your phone.
With around 800,000 children and young people across the UK caring for a family member with a disability, illness or mental health issue – some as young as five years – Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society encourage young carers to capture their thoughts, emotions and life experiences.
Typically, young carers help with practical tasks around the home such as cooking, housework, and shopping; physical care, such as helping someone out of bed; and personal care, such as helping someone get dressed.
To kick off the project, photographer Jo Bradford shares her top three tips for young caregivers to experiment with their photography skills:
- Shine a torch on shiny, reflective objects around your home to create interesting light patterns in your photos. A CD, vase or glass can create a glow or reflection
- Use objects in your home to create frames by placing them in the foreground and background. Placing plants in the foreground could give a great jungle effect or a hole in bubble wrap could make a fun frame for a face
- Experiment with your phone settings – using the panorama setting and shaking your phone up and down can produce abstract patterns around you
Action for Children supports over 3,700 children and young people who are young carers across the UK, giving them advice and respite through short breaks, activities and the chance to connect with other young people caregivers.
Melanie Armstrong, Executive Director of Action for Children, said: “We see firsthand the impact of loneliness and stress on young carers, who spend much of their childhood helping loved ones. These children and young people are often in desperate need of a break from their chores, so it is important for them to have fun doing a hobby or something they enjoy.
“Our photography project will give young carers the opportunity to do something for themselves while learning a new skill. We look forward to seeing the creative contributions later this year! »
Evan Dawson, Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society, adds: “There are thousands of inspiring young people in the UK who regularly care for their loved ones, while completing their education and finding time to have a childhood.
“Every situation is different – but these remarkable lives are rarely seen in the media or understood by their peers. We will be providing new photography skills to these young people and helping to celebrate their vital contribution to UK communities.
If you are a young carer in the UK, we ask you to take pictures of what is important to you in your daily life and we would love to see them. Selected entries will be part of a national exhibition titled Young Carers – A Life in Focus.
For more information: https://rps.org/opportunities/young-carers-a-life-in-focus/