Tracy Collyer and Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind Art Exhibition.
Raising awareness about mental health.
I first met Tracy while I was in my final year at university. My group were organising an end of year degree show at a gallery in Norwich and we had decided to invite other courses to display work with us.
Tracy was doing her A-Level Photography and her work was at a very high standard. She had created studio quality images by building her own lighting. The photograph that stood out the most for me was her take on The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
After we both completed our course we kept in touch. Tracy is incredibly proactive and independent. She took part in a Photography Exhibition I organised. Tracy has a can-do attitude and works with other photographers and models to create stunning work which has been selected to be featured on book covers.
Tracy volunteers at GYW Mind running their photography group. She breaks down the barriers and shoves cameras into people's hands, giving them a tool to see the world in a different way. Enabling people a way to communicate what they see in the world around them.
Photography has a therapeutic quality about it. It is accessible to everyone. Everyone has a camera on their phone. When you focus on taking photos the rest of the world melts away. My most magical time to take urban photographs is at dusk when street lights start coming on and the sky is a dark blue. I can walk around and explore the environment with my camera without panicking or feeling anxious.
Tracy Collyer organised the GYW Mind Exhibition to show case her photography groups work. She decided to open the exhibition up to other artists whose work is related to mental health. Every Artist that took part had their own connection to mental health.
This was such an inspiring exhibition for me to be involved with. Plus to get to see Tracy organise her first exhibition was a real honour. Now she has the knowledge and experience I have no doubt there will be many more to come.
Mental health effects everyone. Whether it's yourself personally, or someone you love.
You are not alone. Together we can make this world a better place.
10% commission on all sold work went to GYW Mind.
A lovely article in the local press about Tracy Collyer
If you'd like to find out more about Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind or make a donation here's the website
Work by Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind's Photograpghy Group & Various Artists.