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Photography skills of Mencap customers to be showcased in Stratford

Ian Hughes 20th Feb, 2017

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC skills and visions of people with learning disabilities will be brought to life at an inspiring one-day exhibition.

Through The Lens is the culmination of a three-week photography course run by Heart of England Mencap at its day activity group, Pathway.

It is taking place at Stratford’s United Reformed Church in Rother Street on Saturday March 18 between 10am and 3pm.

Armed with tablets funded by Stratford Town Trust, Orbit Group and Stratford District Council, customers from the Stratford Pathway group, immersed themselves in the photographic process from top to bottom.

They chose locations and subject matters, snapped the perfect picture on their tablets and then uploaded, edited and printed their creations ready for the upcoming exhibition.

Val Rainbow, Heart of England Mencap’s arts co-ordinator, said: “I created the course using different themes to help develop a variety of skills and to make the learning process enjoyable and interesting.

“Over the weeks we visited many outdoor locations and covered themes such as windows and doors, leaves and trees, buildings and architecture, textures, close-ups, still life, flowers and portraits to name just a few.

“Everyone on the course produce great work and each week brought new, amazing pictures.

“It was a joy to watch everyone discover newfound skills and talents and a delight to see them create something they could be proud of.

Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all.

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