Photographer launches mental health project

OLDHAM PHOTOGRAPHER Lisa Marie Gee chose Mental Health Awareness Week in May to launch her new photographic project to help and support people struggling with mental health issues.

The ‘Open Shutters Project’ aims to produce a collection of portraits of men and women for whom mental health has been a challenge, but who can also identify some positives that their difficulties have brought to their lives.

The portraits will be accompanied by a supporting video or written statement, telling each individual’s story.

Initially, the pictures will appear online and on social media, but in time it is hoped that there will be an exhibition, and maybe even a book.

Lisa, Creative Director of Studio G Photography and a former journalist, said: “I’ve lived with depression myself for over twenty years, and I won’t pretend it’s been easy, but my illness forced me to take stock of my life and make a major change in direction.

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have the family and career that mean so much to me if it hadn’t been for my breakdown.”

Lisa would love to hear from anyone who has a story they wish to share. Call her on: 0161 300 6224 or by email: office@studiog-oldham.co.uk

Portraits taken so far for the project are on Facebook /theopenshuttersproject and on the website: www.openshutters.org.uk

Studio G opened in April 2015, and offers portrait, commercial and event photography, as well as photoshoot parties for young children. Find out more on their website: www.studiog-oldham.co.uk

Mental Health Awareness Week took place from May 8-14 with a theme of ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ Find out more online: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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