Reflecting Journal

 

ABOUT SDHP

Sydney Deaf & Hard of Hearing Photographers (SDHP) exploring different themes and perspectives of photography through Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in regular meet ups. 

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I love photography. I want to explore and learn more. I went to meet ups and workshops organised by hearing people but it was not the same feeling. I felt isolated in my own language. 

Communication was hard. This is why I set up SDHP for deaf and hard of hearing photographers so no one will never feel alone on this journey. 
— Sue Wright

I started the first meet up via blog then shared it on Facebook group. The event was also shared on Auslan community group. 

The challenging was getting people to get involved, but because it was the first time, I wasn't expecting a lot of people. 

One participant showed up on the first meet up in June 2014.  I became active listener and answered his questions because I wanted to know why he came. He said the same thing - to understand about photography in the same language. After helping his enquiries about the photography, he said, 'thank you so much, wow I learnt so much!' in Auslan. 

The following meet ups has been successful with estimate over 12 people attended in each meet up.

 

Deaf

 hard of hearing

photographers

beginner or advanced

Auslan users

Male or female

18+


PURPOSE

  • Decreased social isolation by 90%
  • Improved recreational options by 80%
  • Developed identify and hold deaf culture by 80%
  • Improve public accessible by 98%

BENEFITS

  • Greater interaction 
  • Lived experience
  • On the go
  • Develop their new creative work
  • Strengthen the relationship with the public

90% participants are men. 

90% participants are men. 


Tell stories

Their meaning to our world

Their perspectives

their vision

criterial and creative thinking


Visit hearing impaired photographer's exhibition, 'Right Hear, Right Now', Photo Access, Canberra, the most insightful experience 

Visit hearing impaired photographer's exhibition, 'Right Hear, Right Now', Photo Access, Canberra, the most insightful experience 

visit galleries

  • Various Artworks, White Rabbit Art Gallery 
  • New matter: recent forms of photography', Art Gallery of NSW 
  • 'Spring Blossom Festival and exhibition', Blue Mountains Art Gallery 
  • 'Right Hear, Right Now' photography, Photo Access, Canberra 
  • Photography talks: Weather photography with Nick Moir and Wolter Peeters, State Library of NSW 

CHAllenGES

The difficult part was getting photographers to attend the art galleries. They think art is not related to their photography project however I try to encourage them to attend, because art can influence or inspired us and develop our photography work better.

Opportunities

We will have presentation with the Art Gallery of NSW this October to showcase our photography work with the public. 

Our photo displays at the art galleries. 

 
Sharing knowledge and formed friendship at The Deaf Society for photography workshop

Sharing knowledge and formed friendship at The Deaf Society for photography workshop

 
Discussing with participants for ideas for the next meet ups and face to face feedback

Discussing with participants for ideas for the next meet ups and face to face feedback

partnerships

The Deaf Society

  • Free education programs for deaf photographers (through their funds)
  • Free Space
  • Promotion (sharing information within our target group which is their target group too) 

Campbelltown Arts Centre

  • Professional Development Programs with Auslan interpreter
  • Experienced photographers / artists
  • Free Space
  • Promotion (sharing information on social media) 

TAFE NSW

  • Relationship with Deaf Consultant 
  • Provide short or long term programs for deaf photographers with Auslan interpreters
  • Promotion (sharing information on social media and newsletter, flyers within our target group which is their target group too)

Accessible Arts

  • Grants for our group 
  • Networking
  • Free consultant for support 
  • Promotion (sharing information on social media and newsletter, flyers within our target group which is their target group too) 

Challenges

The hard part is who is the decision maker of this process. It's about teamwork, agreeing or disagree how things works or what we can do it better next time. 

Opportunties

I learn to collaborate with these organisations and my confidence grew.  Having partnerships with organisations shows that I can be ready to negotiate with other organisations, the better chance of making SDHP stronger and bigger. 

 
Working together, collecting idea and having pizza!

Working together, collecting idea and having pizza!

 
 
 
Volunteer deaf trainer / photographer

Volunteer deaf trainer / photographer

measure

  • Numbers and diversity of members / participants
  • Members satisfaction
  • Annual bookings for the meet ups 

action

  • Meet with other organisations to discuss on further topics depend on numbers of express of interests
  • Surveys based on deaf photographer’s knowledge and skills on photography 
  • Collect personal information for enrolments
  • Analyse risk assessment
  • Run and monitor the programs
  • Feedback (online or face to face) for documentation
 
One of the most regular deaf photographers - their commitment, loyal and passion about photography I ever know.

One of the most regular deaf photographers - their commitment, loyal and passion about photography I ever know.

Achievements

  • Successful ran a short photography workshop with Campbelltown Arts Centre with over 13 participants in February 2017
  • SDHP’s first photography group exhibition with seven deaf photographers in February 2017
  • Successful ran two x  photography programs with The Deaf Society in November 2016
  • SDHP's first stall at The Deaf Society, during Deafness Awareness Week in October 2016.

Challenges

The group exhibition was a lot of effort from finding the right venue, the right catering and the right prints. 

The difficult part was getting photographers involved because most of them are working full time. I stayed in the exhibition for one week, with only two volunteers helped. It was hard work but paid it off. Over 80 people attended on the opening night. 

The week long exhibition was not enough for people who missed it out. If we have another exhibition in the future, we will make it longer up to two weeks or four weeks, which would increase the print sales too. 

Opportunities

More exhibitions, more experience. 

 
Using their criterial and creative thinking at the studio workshop

Using their criterial and creative thinking at the studio workshop

Previous locations for meet ups

  • Bombo Quarry, Kiama, Australia
  • Mt Wilson, Blue Mountains, Australia
  • Sugar Pine, Laurel Hill, Australia
  • Bondi Beach, Australia 
  • Fine Art Portraits Photography Workshop, Wahroonga, Australia
  • Food Photography Workshop, Riverwood, Australia 

Challenges

The hard part was finding the right location and the right timing, also trying to please everyone when they want to go there or that. 

The hard part is giving other person a go to organise the meet up, an opportunity to give them an experience, however a person want to lead his own way and want to be charge a fee so some things not always go well as planned. 

Opportunities

There are many other locations to look through and there will be more programs. 

There will be someone else to come along and help me to run this meet ups, as I preferred teamwork to make this group stronger. 

 
Celebrating their achievements at SDHP's exhibition

Celebrating their achievements at SDHP's exhibition

 
Better accessible equal better options, Campbelltown Arts Centre for photography workshops

Better accessible equal better options, Campbelltown Arts Centre for photography workshops

 

GOAL - new process

  • Delegate other member to take responsibility for manage the meet up, take turn with ideas for the next meet up or exhibition. 
  • Focus on finished artistic concept
  • Develop skills through programs, presentations, artist residence
  • With NDIS, we can afford to hire interpreters on special projects, workshops, presentations and exhibitions. 
  • Promotion and marketing weekly to increase numbers of members and organisations
  • Recommendations to new organisations to attend deaf awareness trainings before develop a new workshop for deaf photographers 
  • Free Entry to Photography awards**
  • Discounts for photo prints and studio hire**

goal - new partnerships

Aim to achieve partners with major photography organisations for equally and accessible programs:

  • AIPP Australian Professional Photography**
  • ACP Australian Contemporary Photography**
  • Create NSW

goal - new sponsors

  • FujiFilm  
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Kodak
  • Sony
  • MomentoPro
  • Polaroid
  • Alford
 

Teamwork

equality

connected

more education

better accessibility