Finding Inner Strength Through Art: Photography as a healing process

Acclaimed Edinburgh-based photographers Jannica Honey and Mhairi Bell get together to talk about their work documenting women, and how the process impacted on them on a personal level.

Finding Inner Strength Through Art: Photography as a healing process

About Finding Inner Strength Through Art: Photography as a healing process

Finding inner strength through art: photography as a healing process

On this evening with acclaimed Edinburgh-based photographers Jannica Honey and Mhairi Bell-Moodie, we explore the role of documentary photography as a process of healing for the photographer, and for those they are photographing.

Fresh from their powerful and moving Edinburgh exhibitions, When the Blackbird Sings (Honey) and Nevertheless, She Persisted (Bell-Moodie) on overcoming difficulties of womanhood, Jannica and Mhairi get together to talk about their work documenting women, and how the process impacted on them on a personal level.

"'When The Blackbird Sings' started at a time in my life when I felt compelled to reaffirm my own ‘feminine voice’ in the face of personal challenges and male-dominated political events – in particular the recent death of my grandmother and the US elections. By basing my shooting schedule on moon cycles – an intrinsic feminine rhythm – I channel the earth’s natural rhythms into my work, and explore my own reconnection to womanhood and femininity. I also knew that to strengthen myself I had to empower ‘her’: the women around me."

"The whole process of photographing women for 'Nevertheless, She Persisted' - not just the end result of a photo - was healing for myself and the women. I became very aware of my ethical and moral responsibilities as a documentary photographer."

Jannica and Mhairi will be with us for one evening only. There will be time for questions, and they both welcome your contributions.

Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine and cheese. Student concession £8 for registered photography and art students (enter voucher code Student Concession when booking and bring ID on the night). Places are limited.

Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments and the talk will begin at 7pm.

The Arienas Collective is based on the first floor of a Georgian home in Edinburgh's Historic New Town. Full address details and directions will be sent once payment is confirmed. Unfortunately we have no lift access.

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