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Like for Like is an ongoing photo project I’ve been working on since 2016. It comes out of my own need to see other brown and Black faces in a largely white population. I used this collection in the films I produced for Supporting Schools in Challenging Racism/Cefnogi Ysgolion I Herio Hiliaeth. The films are currently on restricted access for teachers. However, you can see a selection from Like for Like here:
Please see https://wordpress.com/page/laldaviesma.wordpress.com/home – new site for continuation of MA P/T Year 1 work
Happy to share that I’ll be one of 25 creative professionals across Wales delivering Cynefin – Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Wales on behalf of Arts Council of Wales. Looking forward to meeting staff and students at Victoria CP school in Wrexham to collaborate on this innovative project and to seeing how fellow CPs develop their projects too!
Film education project centring on stories from the lived experiences of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people in North Wales (currently in production – links coming soon)
There is a serious point to TikTok club, despite all the fun and jollity. Here’s a taster for a documentary we’re going to make together, which is a response to the news that Black history will be mandatory in the new curriculum for Wales. Students and staff from Ysgol Aberconwy talk about what that might be like.
Now that ‘Stay Local’ has been lifted, we can roam a bit. This inevitably means more people and different places for my camera’s eye to take in. And so, this photo-series is called People! (And Places) because although I do get out and about for work purposes during lockdown, and work with people, I don’t have that unfocused eye that comes with being not in work mode. And although work is all about filming and photographing people (and places) too, this is a different headspace where I am not looking for specific things to happen and capture, but being led by the nose – seeing what occurs. There is a sense of fascination and unease at being back out in the real world with more people in further places. Photography under these circumstances helps me process, stay grounded and be less overwhelmed than I might be. It’s literally a different kind of focus.
The images are a mixture of colour and black and white depending on whether the colour is helping to tell the story of the picture or not. If it isn’t it is discarded and the image goes to black and white.
TikTok club for the young people has been going well – we’ve made TikToks about various equality issues, include race; LGBTQ and hidden disabilities: ableism. All the work so far has been carried out remotely due to being on lockdown. Excitingly though we have our next live session next week! Can’t wait…
And so next up is to make a documentary together about the process and about the fact that Black history is about to become mandatory in the new curriculum for Wales (2022). Meanwhile here’s a couple of experimental TikToks I made for the project:
A short film about Considering My Position (Reconsidering My Position)
Portreadau (Portraits) – I don’t do much portrait photography but this set is really about my ongoing fascination with fading light. As ever, this was an exercise in technique – and the constant learning curve of chasing light on manual settings.