‘Black Suffolk’ photoshoot – volunteers needed


The photoshoot

The photoshoot will take place in August (exact dates TBC) at Pacitti Company in central Ipswich. We’re currently looking for people from the Black community in Suffolk to take part in the shoot.

The photographer plans to photograph three people per day over five days (Monday to Friday), and create a collection of stunning, high-quality images that will be exhibited in Cornhill throughout Black History Month in October.

A total of 16 images will be used in this particular exhibition, however, there are likely to be more opportunities to display others in 2021.

We’re currently fundraising so we can cover travel costs and provide refreshments for volunteers.

The exhibition theme

The theme of the exhibition is based on the everyday heroes of Suffolk’s Black community. Although inspired by the Black Panther film and the exhibition in Christchurch Mansion in 2021 of three original costumes from the movie, the concept aims to make the idea of Black heroes more accessible and relatable, and, therefore, empowering.

The images will pay homage to people of African heritage across various areas of life: work, education, the Windrush generation, volunteers, arts, culture, etc. 

Style-wise John’s photography will be similar to his Black Britannia project, which was exhibited in London and opened by Prime Minister at the time, Gordon Brown.

Tell your story

During the photoshoot we plan to record interviews with people about their lives in Suffolk. This will be carried out by BBC Radio Suffolk.

The images and stories will help the community to create a living legacy, which will be protected and stored safely in Suffolk’s Archives at The Hold (the stunning new building at the University of Suffolk). In 2021, more Black heritage and present-day activities will be held at the venue.

Your story will also be transformed into a short story next to the images used in the outdoor exhibition.

About the photographer

Ipswich-based John Ferguson is a national documentary, lifestyle, and portrait photographer whose favourite place is on set surrounded by talented, interesting, and inspiring people.

John works on both large and small-scale projects, tackling both with the same objective: to produce relatable images that tell stories, which are approachable, intimate, and unaffected. His secondary objective is simple, have a great time with like-minded creatives doing what they love to do.

His career achievements include an array of national and international awards as well as national and international projects for the press, charities, and independent projects such as Black Britannia and The Forgotten Cowboys.

What’s more, John has also shot A list celebrities including David Bowie, Michael Jackson, The Osbornes and Lewis Hamilton.

The community programme

The photography exhibition will be part of a broader community programme inspired by the Black Panther costume exhibition and will aim to empower, celebrate and inspire the local Black community. Details are being firmed up at the moment.

How to get involved

If you’re interested in being part of the photoshoot, please sign up: elmaglasgowconsulting.com/photoshoot.

Your personal details will be kept secure according to GDPR regulations – feel free to read this privacy policy, and used for the purposes of arranging the photoshoot.

Also, your information will not be used for marketing purposes without your permission.

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