‘Vibrant, engaging and exciting’ – SELF comes to Hounslow

After the success of SELF: Portraits in Social Care held in Brixton earlier this year, we celebrated the launch of Season 2 in Hounslow on 14th September.

SELF Season 2 sees a collaboration between photographer Dean Belcher and Certitude’s Community Development Team, led by Jake Meyer. Everyone featured in the exhibition is from Hounslow and is either connected with Certitude or with activities offered by Age UK at Montague Hall. SELF seeks to use imagery to depict the commonalities between people within social care rather than reinforcing the often-imposed barriers and roles that people are given.

The private launch provided the opportunity for those involved to see their photos displayed professionally and to show their family, friends and the wider community. The impact of the photos was felt by all that attended – vibrant, engaging and inspiring.

We are very grateful to have the support of Councillor Sue Sampson, Mayor of Hounslow as well as Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth and Mukesh Malhotra, Councillor for Hounslow Heath. Mayor Sue Sampson spoke with many of the people featured in the portraits and said “the photos are so inspirational. Each photo tells a million stories and each one is unique” while Ruth Cadbury MP enjoyed seeing people proudly share their photos. Councillor Mukesh Malhotra explained how he knew quite a few people in the photos so the exhibition was “wonderful to see”. Professor Sally Glen, Certitude Board member, noted the power of the images in removing stereotypical perceptions of social care.

SELF: Portraits in Social Care is running from Friday 15th September 2017 – Thursday 28th September 2017 at Montague Hall, 30 Montague Rd, Hounslow TW3 1LD, Monday to Friday 3pm – 5pm. For further details, contact jmeyer@certitude.org.uk