Lookout London (2011)
Keywords: Young People
Project Manager: Matt Daw
Facilitators: Miguel Amortegui (Homerton) and Ania Dabrowska (Walthamstow)
Support Facilitators: Dinah Kenyon (Homerton) and Jaime Antonio Leme Jr (Walthamstow)
Partner organisation: Chapter 1 (www.ch1.org.uk)
Generously funded by the Marathon of Marathons Trust and an anonymous funder
Lookout London is becoming Lookout UK!
Young people needed this Summer to join the debate around gangs and knife crime.
The Lookout project provides young people (under 25) with the opportunity, the skills and the support to feed their perspectives into the debate on gangs and knife crime issues through photography. The aim is to amplify the voices of young people in the discussion about the causes and potential solutions to gang and knife crime issues, encourage other young people to speak out, and to encourage the media and public to consider their voices to be relevant and important in the debate.
PhotoVoice is looking for groups of young people from a variety of locations and demographics to take part in the Lookout project. They will receive photographic training from professional photographers and be supported to create work that will be part of local and national outputs, and showcased at a youth-orientated conference on gangs and knife crime in 2013.
In 2011 PhotoVoice completed a course of photography workshops with 19 young people living in supported housing in Homerton and Walhamstow.
The groups have been supported to explore the issues of gang culture and knife crime through photography, in order to produce captioned photos that convey their experiences and perspectives to peers and the general public. Too often the media representation of these issues is confused with a general representation of young people, without recognition that young people are more often the victims of these issues than adults, and the perpetrators are only a limited cross section of young people in Britain.
Project photo gallery
PV Project Manager Matt Daw with three of the Lookout London participants were on the Vanessa Feltz show, BBC Radio London on Friday 28th October, talking about the campaign launch across the capital!
The photographs and captions signed off for use in the outputs by the participants at the end of the workshops will be showcased in a small exhibition in one of Chapter 1’s project centres in London, with a celebration event to which parents, young people, Chapter 1 staff, representatives from other youth-focused organisations and press will be invited. The work will also be made available in the form of the booklet, posters and multimedia presentations to organisations working with young people in London, or involved in creating educational or campaigning resources aimed at young people or focused on youth issues.
Some work from this project will be touring Bristol, Swindon and Birmingham in September as part of an exhibition showcasing PhotoVoice’s work curated and presented by The Photographic Angle (www.thephotographicangle.co.uk). See our upcoming exhibitions pages for more details as they become available!
Photographs from both groups was also showcased at the Police & Criminal Justice conference Tackling Gangs and Serious Youth Violence, on Friday 30th September 2011.