This website sets out to document the creative journey a group of young people all from London, travel along as they take part in the Beautiful Photography Project 2010.
In early summer 2010 Wellcome Collection and Hidden Cities, the organisers of the Bloomsbury Festival 2010 approached a number of youth and community groups within the Bloomsbury area to come up with project ideas that would engage young people in making a creative contribution to the festival and at the same time introduce them to the Wellcome Collection.
The project documented on this site comes from an idea put forward by Y Touring Theatre Company & One KX, two operations of Central YMCA. Central YMCA is currently leading a campaign around body confidence/body image. Each of it’s 5 operations which include a gym, a training operation, a qualifications provider , a community activation centre and a touring theatre company, are contributing to the campaign in their own unique but complementary way providing the charity with a 360 degree approach to one of the biggest challenges to our well being .
Beautiful is an exploration of the subject of body image and body confidence. Using the medium of photography, 15 young people will produce a large scale outdoor photography exhibition at the Bloomsbury Festival, the centre piece of which will be a large photographic mosaic housed at the Wellcome Collection.
As part of their journey the 15 young photographers will learn about the art of digital photography, interview techniques and the skill involved in putting an exhibition together part of that process will involve them working with other young people, interviewing them and photographing them capturing their thoughts, feelings, fantasies and fears about their body image.