Pioneer Projects Gratitude Gallery
July / August 2021
A phone photography gratitude practice, designed as a mood-boosting creative group activity, during these challenging times.
Based in Bentham, Pioneer Projects serves the Craven District in North Yorkshire. Their mission is to... ' promote and improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities using creative arts and celebration. The organisation’s ethos and working practices are based on the evidence that health and creativity are connected.’
Angela from Pioneer Projects, felt that the Gratitude Gallery would be an excellent addition to their summer programme for those who wanted to learn phone photography skills and develop a gratitude practice in the process.
Over 5 weekly in-person sessions (and the days in between), the 4 women used their new photography skills to create daily photos of aspects of their life that they're grateful for.
This collection of images is the culmination of our time together and represents the vast array of these moments of appreciation, experienced and captured. Some of the group members have also chosen a favourite image to tell you more about.
Listing external things for which I'm grateful is relatively easy, but gratitude for aspects of self is harder. Perhaps that's why it was towards the end of the course! This photo confronts me with an image of myself and my poetry notebook. I'm grateful for the joy of writing and the opportunity to explore a visual representation of this.
Missed the Tide
I’m always grateful to visit Morecambe Bay especially when the tide is in, I love the sea. I’m always reminded of happy childhood days, we would arrive by train in the sixties, clutching our metal buckets and spades excited to get to the beach.
My son's very old dog spending time with me while they're away on holiday.