Snapshots of our lives

Outreach worker Sandra Brauer pictured with some of the images on show.
Outreach worker Sandra Brauer pictured with some of the images on show.

A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition proved to be a hit in showcasing residents’ hard work.

A project called Family Album gave residents in the town’s Owton Manor area of Hartlepool the chance to create a photographic record of the people, places and events which are important in their lives.

The exhibition was staged at the Arts Hartlepool unit in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and took a year to create.

It was developed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s cultural services outreach team and the town’s Owton Manor Branch Library.

Over the course of the project the residents learned new skills in taking and editing digital pictures and using computer software.

Each photograph is unique and tells a different story of life in Owton Manor, from the crowning of the Owton Manor Carnival Queen to the people and pets who play an important part in the lives of the local residents.

Members of Manor Residents’ Association and pupils from Grange Primary School also took part in the project and learned about shadow theatre performances and taking photographs using pin-hole cameras which they made themselves.

Stuart Jones, the council’s outreach officer, said: “This exhibition gave residents a platform to be recognised in their community and the project gave them the chance to forge new friendships within their community.

“It also shows that everyone can have fun taking pictures and discover their surroundings from a new point of view.”

To find out more about how you can get involved in similar community arts projects in Hartlepool in future, call Stuart Jones on (01429) 284334 or email stuart.jones@hartlepool.gov.uk

You can also see more about the project by visiting Flickr at www.flickr.com/groups/family_album_project