Young people explore their community through the lens of a camera

Posted on: 19th July 2017

A talented bunch of teenagers from Ballymagroarty and Tullyally have exhibited photographs documenting their life and communities. The exhibition, entitled Our View, was hosted at The Playhouse on Tuesday 18 July.

The young people, who are part of The Playhouse Youth Art Project Street Talk, worked with documentary photographer Elena Hermosas. Elena enabled the participants to create a portfolio of images which documented their local hang-outs, hobbies, their family and friends as well as local legends.

The participants also completed an Open College Network qualification in digital photography.

"Apart from the massive talent on display, this exhibition was a huge success for these young people for many different reasons" Project Co-ordinator Elaine Forde said.
"At the end of the photographic project the young people from both Tullyally and Ballymagroarty engaged with one another and their communities- they shared their experiences, their stories and their skills, they learned that they have similar goals for their communities, they want the same things and face the same challenges."

Georgia, one of the young participants from Tullyally who has not yet been to Ballymagroarty commented on how the photographs conveyed similarities between both communities.

"Through this photography project I have of course learned a lot more about a camera and how to take good pictures, but I have also learnt about another community though photography and that you can make amazing pictures out of anything that you put your mind to!" Georgia said.

The Deputy Mayor John Boyle who attended the event, congratulated the young people and awarded them with certificates of achievement.

The Playhouse Street Talk project is funded by BBC Children in Need and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Street Talk is an ongoing project which uses the arts to enable young people to explore crime, justice and social issues.

For further information about Street Talk contact Elaine at


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