Inspiring Futures creative workshop worked alongside students at City and Islington College in a photography event.

Introducing the group to photographer Adrian Woods, the group created a pop up studio learning skills around lightning, Portrait photography and composition. 

Thanks to the The Big Lottery who kindly funded the project, Adrian Woods for sharing his skills and tutor Christine Handy for helping to set up the event. 

"What’s so beautiful is that disabled people so often are in a position where people are doing things for them and giving things to them, having to take services and take peoples help. They’re creating something that didn’t exist there before so, it’s theirs. Watching them share images, the pride that they have done something for themselves, the excitement they have and the confidence, of sharing those images together."- Teaching Assistant

"The expressions and body language they did were really greay. A lot of them have grown in confidence today. We have definitely seen a change in confidence. A lot of the students are hard to engage. This being a practical lesson and something different that they’re learning, they have really come out of themselves. Many of them have done a lot more speaking than they usually do, especially to people they don’t already know. A few of our students have never held or used a camera before, so for them to get that experience was really good and maybe they can pass on their newly leant skills onto other students and teach them how to use a camera."-Teaching Assistant

"Adrian challenged the students by suggesting how they (the students) could, stretch their technical and artistic knowledge continually. He gave them opportunities to share their work with each other, which further fed into their sense of pride and boosted confidence at what they had achieved. A key indication of transformation that day was when a student who stammers, prefers non-verbal communication and is typically shy, approached someone he didn’t know and asked if he could take their photograph. In this moment the camera served as a prop enabling this interaction to take place."–Teacher

 Collage of images from photography website
Kindly funded by Big Lottery