Through Our Lens – Self Isolation Project was set up by artist and photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn in April 2020 as a response to the Covid19 Pandemic at the start of the first lockdown . After receiving funding by a Response grant from Bradford Council, Carolyn called out to young people in the Bradford District aged 12-20 to work with her to tell their story of this time. This pilot project took place online on Zoom, where Carolyn ran workshops, master classes, set briefs and mentored each of the young participants. Many had never taken a photograph before, but all were familiar with their mobile devices.
“I wanted to find out about the stories our teenagers have. They certainly weren’t visible at that point. I wanted to work with teenagers to enable them to tell their stories and record their experiences through photography, and other creative forms. It was important to me that they didn’t need to have any previous experience. That they didn’t need a ‘proper camera’, they could use their phone or any mobile device. I would work with weekly, via a video conferencing platform. I would run workshops, mentor them, and really aim for them to create work that truly belonged to them, and had their authentic voice, and guide them in the process.” – Carolyn Mendelsohn
Here is a selection of their photographs taken during the project. More can be seen on the instagram page.