There was an enthusiastic turnout for our first monthly Ffoton Social event for photographers on 19th January in Cardiff!

Ben Blyth discussing his Cardiff Homeless project at Ffoton Wales' January '17 Social meet-up

Ben Blyth discussing his Cardiff Homeless project at Ffoton Wales' January '17 Social meet-up

We were pleased to kick off this new series of relaxed monthly meet-ups by giving the stage to final year photography student Ben Blyth to present and discuss his project documentary film 'A Little Change, Please'. Ben did a sterling job in giving those in attendance the background to the project and how he approached proving an intimate and, at times, moving film on Homeless people sleeping on the streets of Cardiff - Wales' Capital City.

You can watch Ben's film at the bottom of this post.

Ffoton also took the opportunity to announce our new collaboration with Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies to revive the  Photo Essay in Wales as a means of pairing quality journalism stories with strong photography. We'd love to see talented photographers from across Wales getting involved with this new project and, to explore what we'll aiming for in a little more detail, we'll have Professor Richard Sambrook join us at our next Photography Social 7.30pm on 16th February. So come along and find our more - details of the venue will be announced soon!

Photographer Tim Collier talking with Ffoton's Emyr Young in 2015

Photographer Tim Collier talking with Ffoton's Emyr Young in 2015

Whilst we're not promising to have one every month, the February Social will also have a guest photographer speaker - this time it's Tim Collier, a very talented Wildlife photographer and retired educator who featured in our first conversation released on Ffoton in January 2015. Tim will be sharing tips on finding ideas and inspiration for personal and collaborative photography projects and seeing them through. Don't miss this one if you're a student or photography enthusiast!

And if you do come along to this next or future Socials, bring along a Photobook from your collection to show others. We'd like to use these events as a regular opportunity to introduce great photography in published Photobooks to inspire other photographers. And hopefully, in turn, you'll be inspired by work from a photographer you've yet to discover!

See you 16th February - 7.30-11pm - for an inspiring talk, friendly discussions and introductions, beer and banter!

See more of Ben's work on his website www.benblythphoto.co.uk
Follow him on Twitter @benblythphoto and Instagram @benblythphoto

Ben's documentary film as published on his YouTube channel
"I spent one night sleeping rough alone to try and understand how it feels to be homeless, but despite this, I still have no idea what it feels like to have nowhere to call home. I spoke to street homeless people to hear their stories and to find out how they would like to be treated by the public."

© Ben Blyth

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