What a scorcher of a July 14 Medway Open Studios!
For the first time this year I produced an article about the launch of the Medway Open Studios, including my photos, for online magazine the Medway Broadside. This received some good feedback from its reader base.
With around 80 visitors to my exhibition it would seem that Medway is very interested in the practice of mindfulness (and of course my fabulous photos and documentary video).
As well as the focus on mindfulness, taking portraits of people, I included a number of calming/mindful images, it’s always a tricky one knowing which photos to print. However I went with my instinct of those photos that I particularly liked, and it would seem you did too! The project theme is a passion of mine to assist my own mental health, but has come out of conversation at the Time to Talk events I run locally.
The documentary short film with music by 3D, received some wonderful feedback:
‘such a peaceful and calming documentary’
‘I feel so relaxed now…..can I stay?’
‘I wasn’t quite sure what mindfulness was, but now I know a bit more I’m going to start practicing!’
‘I share to many things (on social media) about what I’m up to, I going to try and be in the moment and not worry about sharing it with the world!’
‘feeling so relaxed now’
And on my accompanying written piece for the exhibition:
‘this is a wonderful piece, your description of your mindfulness moment, is written like we are breathing with you, experiencing that moment with you’
Medway Open Studios continues to be a big passion of mine allowing me to totally focus on my own project. I’ll leave you will a quote from my written piece, until next year.
“Breathing in the warm spring air, feet flat on the floor I shut my eyes in the middle of the pavement, listening to the cars going by, then listening deeper to the birds and natural sounds, another deep breath, with the sun beating down on my face, I opened my hands facing them to the warmth, feeling the gentle breeze pass through my fingers like water. It was an amazing feeling, having chosen a time to stop and be mindful had been so precious to me.” – Nikki P 14.03.14
I gave a talk about the reasons for wanting to put together the event:
One of the key aims of Minds event is ‘to empower people with mental health problems to feel confident talking about the issue without facing discrimination’. People can speak about as much or as little as they want to, the main aim of the campaign is to facilitate chats around Mental Health as well as a platform for individuals to chat about everyday things. Those who attended said to me how relaxed and informal it was, which put them more at ease. There are many wonderful other local events that have a common theme for getting people together, however there isn’t one for getting people together and just chatting.
Here’s what people said about the event:
“to have an excuse to move away from mundane chores to be amongst others so as not to feel too isolated”
“really enjoyable to meet such lovely people, hope it continues”
“good to have a reason to get out of the house…..I’ve become a bit isolated during the last couple of years, I hope it continues”
“it was a lovely relaxing morning, glad to support Mind (and enjoy the cake)”
“good to meet new people, the more friends the better”
“this is a fantastic idea”
“really nice to find out that something like this exists”
A big thanks go to Sandy at the Dot Cafe.
The benefits of the event were fantastic, I am going to arrange another in early March.
Photos taken on my i-phone: