Photographers with Disabilities
The PWD is a newly formed group set up to encourage disabled people to take up the hobby of photography and to support and encourage those already involved in the hobby.
PWD has an active website [URL="http://www.photographerswithdisabilities.com"]http://www.photographerswithdisabilities.com[/URL] here can be found an active gallery where members can display their work, it provides a forum where photographers can discuss any issue related to photography and also seek support from other members.
A permanent display of members work can be seen at the Vassal Centre in Bristol, this also acts as a shop window as work can also be sold here.
The group runs regular studio days at a variety of locations within the Bristol area, here members are encouraged to develop their skills taking portraits and still life photographs, where appropriate supported by the non-disabled members of the group. Weekly Photoshop sessions are another regular feature of the group, again run within an accessible environment.
The group intends to raise funds to open an accessible studio initially in Bristol and, as the membership grows to open further studios and facilities around the country.
Although based within the Bristol area the group is open to members nationally, anyone wanting further details should contact the PWD by emailing us at [EMAIL="firstname.lastname@example.org"]email@example.com[/EMAIL]
I think this is a wonderful and brilliant idea. Having Parkinsons you can well imagine how difficult it is to frame a picture in the camera (freehand) when your whole body is swaying and shaking :eek:
Here is a shot I managed while excercising some control (and entered in Poty09)
I wish you all the luck and hope PWD becomes international :)
I also hope you encourage your membership to this web site; Simply as with the design and capabilty of modern cameras, disabled people are not as disabled as they may think when it comes down to getting / making good photographs.
I have ASD so find seeing or should i say composing and imagination an issue
I also take my Daughter whom has Downs syndrome out with me she to has a point and shoot camera and loves to relook at her images
I'm sure you are aware of the Disabled Photographers Society and their activities. Many years ago I lived close to the secretary of that organisation that was then sponsored by Fuji. They are still very much active and their web site can be found on
Best wishes for your efforts in making photography available to a wider audience.
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