#OurStreetGallery: Through Our Lens

Photographs taken by teenagers of their lives in lockdown have gone on display on billboards, lamp posts and houses in Keighley and across the district, and we have a lovely collection on show in our new project space windows (In the Cavendish Retail Park).

The photographs were taken for Through Our Lens, a project led by photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn, who came-up with idea at the start of lockdown when nearly all her upcoming work was cancelled or postponed. Carolyn put a call-out on social media and got a huge response. In collaboration with Bradford College, she mentored more than 40 young people in photography, through video conferencing and weekly online workshops. 

The resulting images include glimpses of the outside world through bedroom windows, poignant journals and self portraits reflecting a sense of isolation. Teenagers taking part included a number of refugees who moved here shortly before lockdown. The striking photographs – which gained global attention and were praised by the New York Times– are on Instagram @through_our_lens_covid19_proj/. 

The Our Street Gallery is a stand alone 12-month project transforming Bradford district’s streets into live gallery spaces. Watch out for information about Phase Two here!

#ourstreetgallery and through our Lens supported by Bradford Council

Image via Telegraph & Argus

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