the young people who took part in the Picture of Bradford project
had already done work with Heads Together as part of the Self Image
Project. The aim is to improve confidence and self esteem and photography
has always played a big part in that work.
The initial work is done over four days, using the National Museum
of Photography, Film and Television as a base. That gives us access
to all the galleries, teaching space and dark rooms. But it's more
than that. Everyone in Bradford knows the Museum. It has a national
and international profile. There is a real sense of pride for the
students just to be working at such a prestigious venue.
By the end of the four days, each student will develop and print a
black and white photograph of themselves. Not just any photograph;
they must choose exactly where in Bradford to take the photograph,
plan what to wear and who else might be in the photograph. They learn
to use complicated manual slr cameras and tripods and all the skills
necessary to work in a darkroom. They must choose which negatives
to print and how to use photography to convey something about themselves;
their identity. They have to work on their own and in teams. They
might be taking photographs in a busy shopping street, on the top
deck of a bus or at the highest point of an isolated moor. And at
the end of the project they have to review their work and make the
decision who they will show their photograph to.