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Scottish young people leading tribute to elders during LGBTI History Month

Scottish young people leading tribute to elders during LGBTI History Month

Student photographers have taken the reins to make high quality work for the Scottish LGBT+ History Month.

Fife Contemporary a visual art and craft organizations has given young photographers in Kirkcaldy and St Andrews the opportunity to work with professional artist Jannica Honey. The photographer has worked with high profile subjects including the Scottish First Minister and many Scottish musicians.

Honey introduced members of Kirkcaldy’s Flavours of Fife and Madras Pride groups to some of the basic principles of photography. She also encouraged them to consider how the ways we photograph people influence how we relate to them. Participants experimented with different backgrounds, lighting, props and poses. Honey empowered them to make photographs of each other and in collaboration with each other which explore identity and present images of how they want others to see them.

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Seeing LGBTI community from the inside

‘It was a fun project to be a part of. I feel privileged to have been given the chance to participate in it with my friends,’ said student Ryan John, 17.

Through the short artist residency the young people displayed enthusiasm and creativity with many describing the quality of their portraits as ‘astonishing and impressive’.

‘Doing the photography session with Jannica, it showcased the LGBT+ community from the inside, a rare opportunity,’ said participant Cameron Bowie, 17.

‘Being able to express ourselves with the use of photography and present the work allows us to convey our view of not only the world around us but our community from our prospective.

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‘This project has enable us to show our pride and show that while we may be part of the LGBT+ community, we are no different from anyone else. I was mainly a photographer photographing my friend trying to convey the human element of the LGBT+ community, we are just people living life as who we truly are and being happy while doing so.’

The photos will be on display throughout February at Kangus Coffee House, Kirkcaldy and in St Andrews at both Madras College and St Andrews Town Hall. They will be on display again during Fife Pride in early July.