On Monday I had a shoot at The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey – Manchester, a building I’ve often driven past and wondered about. It’s a charity run youth centre for anyone aged 8-21 with this message at it’s heart:
“somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to”
Because this part of Manchester is quite deprived it’s the perfect place for the kids to go and feel wanted and inspired and just hang out. I was so impressed with the staff and the volunteers as well as the facilities which included, ‘full-size sports hall with 8m high climbing wall, 3G outdoor sports pitch, dance studio, music and media suites, theatre, arts room, boxing gym, fully equipped fitness suite, sensory room, recreational area and cafe’!!
I was there to photograph the Chief Executive for a corporate feature. The brief was to try and capture the essence of her and the charity. I asked lots of the kids to be in the background of the shots and they were all brilliant and took it in their stride.
I really enjoyed this shoot – I just wish I was a teenager again so I could join up!