Liverpool City Region residents are being invited to share their own photo-based narratives online as part of a community arts project.
As part of Open Eye Gallery’s Cultural Shifts programme, a new ‘PhotoStories’ website will be launched in February mixing the works of the public with professional photographers as they explore and share the world around them.
The website, which is designed to host users’ online portfolios of unique PhotoStories, will be free to register to and will enable people to upload their own visual narrative of three to 15 images.
It will help and encourage users to think about the way they select and curate digital exhibitions of their own images and will also enable other visitors to ‘like’ and share the pictures.
The Cultural Shifts initiative works with 10 national and international photographers embedded in communities across seven areas off the Liverpool City Region and aims to support residents to explore stories that reflect their identity, interests or lives in a way that is meaningful to them.
Sarah Fisher, executive director of Mann Island’s Open Eye Gallery, which is celebrating its 40th year in 2017, says: “Four 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.”
Work from projects across the Cultural Shifts programme will also be able to view on the new website when it launches, including photographer Tadhg Devlin’s collaboration with the SURF Dementia network group to raise awareness of the disease, supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Meanwhile photographer Andrew Jackson’s work with practitioner Darryl Georgiou to look behind the public face of Toxteth’s Granby Four Streets community, and Colin McPherson’s work with young people’s groups across Sefton are also among those which will feature.