Life through a lens

TODDLERS to teenagers have seen their lives captured through a lens thanks to a project piloted in Lancaster.

Life Through a Lens explores themes and ideas of heritage, journey, aspirations and futures.

A group of 26 young people from across the Lancaster and Morecambe district, including young mums, Polish young women and local young men explored these themes through creative writing and photography.

Among them was Shaun Ferguson, who, though he hated school and spent most lessons outside the head’s office, decided to change his life after a spell in hospital and is now a teaching assistant at the same school – Central Lancaster High.

Through images and words depicted in comic strip style, Shaun’s story is told in the Life Through A Lens exhibition running at The Dukes gallery until February 26.

And among the most endearing photographs in the exhibition are those of two toddlers – the youngest participants in the project.

The youngsters helped to take some of the photographs, each of which show people who play key roles in their everyday lives. Their mums wrote words to accompany the pictures taken from their children’s perspective and including their mother’s aspirations for the future.

All those taking part worked with Mike Crowley, a professional writer, and Len Grant, a respected and influential photographer.

These included two young Polish women whose creative writing was used to produce a radio play by members of Dukes Young Radio which can be heard on Rock FM’s Boom Radio website in the near future.