A community photography initiative which aims to inspire people to tell stories through pictures has launched in Merseyside.
Culture Shifts will see 10 national and international photographers work with groups in seven areas of the Liverpool City Region to help them express themselves through the visual medium.
All of the resulting projects will be uploaded to the digital platform PhotoStories, currently being developed in partnership with Liverpool-based Red Ninja, and exhibited across eight North West venues starting in November this year.
As part of Culture Shifts, staff and volunteers from the Redeye photography network will deliver training sessions on topics including framing images, selecting and uploading photographs.
Venues exhibiting the photo stories include The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead, Kirkby Gallery, Southport’s Atkinson, The Brindley in Runcorn and World of Glass in St Helens.
The initiative will culminate in an exhibition showcasing all of the Culture Shifts projects at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool city centre in September 2017.
Sarah Fisher, executive director, Open Eye Gallery, says: “4 billion photographs per day are uploaded onto social media. Photography is now as important as text or verbal communication in the stories we tell about our own lives. Culture Shifts brings together people’s experience of the world and photographers’ expertise in taking and editing photo stories.”
Full information about the Culture Shifts programme can be found here.