For over a year now I have been visiting Jaywick (Clacton-on-Sea) in North East Essex. The main reason for my visits have been to try and develop projects with local people as the area is officially the most deprived in Britain. Initially this was with my GO4 hat on, more recently as a freelance social entrepreneur.
Working closely with a local charity I worked hard at getting something off the ground and even had a significant grant agreed from central government. It was all hard work but sadly, for reasons I won’t go into here (not appropriate and nothing to do with photography, the focus of this blog) it didn’t happen.
However, since then, I have continued the connection and as a result I have been asked to run a project introducing teenagers to photography. So, with a bit of fear and trepidation, I will be making a presentation next week to an unknown number of teenagers and youth workers in an effort to enthuse them about photography and the project. On my last visit I decided that I needed some local material to illustrate that potential images are all around us. So, with that in mind I spent half an hour taking photos within a few hundred yards of the charity’s base.
The gallery of some of the images are below. I used my Sony a6000 with a variety of lenses including:
- Carl Zeiss Sonnar F2.8 90mm (Contax G fitting)
- Tokina 28-70mm F3.5 (Minolta fitting)
- Sony E Series 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
All of the images were taken within a very short distance from the centre where the project will be delivered. I will be using them in a slideshow, along with images representing key moments in the history of photography and some classic images. Hopefully the kids will be inspired and be enthused about getting to grips with photography!