As part of 'Mind The Lens' month, we’re turning over our social channels throughout October to conversations, guides and content that promote better mental health. Partnering with non-profit The Photography Movement on a series of IG live interviews, guests will include Emma Hardy, Francis Augusto and Charlie Clift as well as Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington, founders of The Photography Movement.
“We’ve always been aware of the mental health benefits that photography provides for Picfair members across the world, but over the last 18 months the connection was more powerful than ever. It inspired us. As we move beyond the pandemic, we want to keep exploring the relationship between photography and mental health, and take this exploration to as big an audience as possible”
Benji Lanyado, Founder (Picfair)
In addition to the weekly IG lives, Picfair will also be hosting guest content from photographers such as Paul Williams and Matt Doogue - both passionate advocates of the role photography has played in their recovery.
Expect honest discussion, inspirational stories and practical takeaways.
Join the conversation at #mindthelens @picfair
£20k of Mind The Lens grants are also up for grabs to those looking to further a unique mental health and photography project (deadline for submissions 29th October)
Mind The Lens IG Live Schedule
Wednesday 6th October, 6pm IG live Interview with Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington of The Photography Movement
Thursday 14th October, 6pm IG live Interview with Charlie Clift
Wednesday 20th October, 6pm IG Live Interview with Francis Augusto
Wednesday 27th October, 6pm IG Live Interview with Emma Hardy
The Photography Movement
A non profit founded to help all humankind express their feelings and emotions around mental health through the medium of photography
Describing her aesthetic as raw but tender, Emma finds beauty in imperfection, and polish in the detail of everyday life. Her portraits are intimate and unselfconscious and include Tilda Swinton, Natalia Vodianova, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Stella McCartney. Her commercial clients include Vogue, New York Times, Nike, Rolling Stone, Canon and Monocle.
Francis is a photographic artist who loves documenting humans and the everyday.
Selected clients: Adidas, Canon, Crack Magazine, Getty Images, Google, Lululemon, M&C
Saatchi, MAMA Festivals, Phantom, Printworks, Red Bull Music UK, The Sunday Times.
Commissioned by the likes of BAFTA, GQ, The Sunday Times Magazine and The BBC, Charlie’s work has been featured in the National Portrait Gallery, the Creative Review Photo Annual and the British Journal of Photography.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health or emotional wellbeing, you can find support and resources on the mental health charity Mind’s website and NHS Every Mind Matters or access the NHS’ guide to local mental health helplines and organisations here.
You can also call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 for confidential support.