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Lens Think Yorkshire working towards tackling social inequality in Photography.

Lens Think Yorkshire is A bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. BUT we are so much more than a social. We want to provide support for artists, create collaborations between photography networks, provide peer reviews, pop-up exhibitions and residencies. We are setting up a new website, that will have interviews with artists working in the North, and provide a place to connect. We are also starting a mentor scheme, and running a series of workshop programmes focusing on socially engaged arts in the North of England.

W H A T    I S    I T ?
Lens think is; A creative group, a community of people that can offer advice, a place where people can chat about ideas and work, it helps ease that pressure. It’s also really important to have peers out there, on the more business side to network and to grow an understanding of the industry you work in.There are so many rejections in this industry we are told we need to be tough, and develop a thick skin. The problem lies in that most creative are sensitive people, the pressures can take their toll. A physical meeting won’t solve any of the problems within the photographic industry BUT what it can do is be a great place, to encourage inclusivity, to allow people to be curious, to meet people that they can form collaborative projects with. Also to put on some events that allows people to experiment a little with the medium, with other people and with themselves. I wanted to create a group where it didn’t matter how established people were, where it doesn’t matter what awards they’ve won, what university you attended, what class you’re from, it’s a meet up where everyone is welcome.
Our launch event was May 11th 2017 in York.Lens think has a Facebook group which is open to anyone to join, an Instagram that features interviews with new and more well known work by photographers who have worked in the North.

W H Y?

Since I, (Joanne Coates www.joannecoates.co.uk), started Lens Think in 2017 after a twitter conversation about the industry needing support. Lens think is by a creative / photographer / poor graduate / disgruntled Northerner / call it what you like that believes in supporting other artists and photographers. I grew up in rural North Yorkshire not knowing that Photography, or even university was an option for me, then I ran away to London to study where I was an outsider, worked a bit, came back, worked a lot, and thought . . . Do you know what, There needs to be a supportive network out there.

When I graduated and returned to the North of England, I found it a very isolating landscape. Photography as we all known is not a very diverse medium in terms of who does the photo taking. There seemed to be a void in terms of connecting people, a lot of graduates, freelancers and established artists feel isolated. I really wanted there to be a place where creatives, artists, and photographers could meet, ask questions, feel supported and connect. After a Twitter conversation with the United Nations of Photography and Rob Hudson I realised that no one else was going to set this up. There were two paths to take, the first was to moan about the problem and do nothing, or the second was to set up a network to develop photography across the North myself.
I took the second option and that’s how Lens Think was born. I think it needs someone who is a bit stubborn, won’t back down but genuinely believe in the medium as a place for diverse talents to have the chance to make work in a democratic manner and for better or worse that person happens to be me.
I think of developing work as a learning process, a vital part of that process is to share work with others. Lens Think is a place where people can meet, share work, talk, connect, and feel supported. Studying in London there are many talks, events, exhibitions, groups that support each other. Moving back home it was a sparse land to navigate and I really wasn’t sure why. There are some incredibly talented photographers, creators, galleries, spaces, writers, creative living and working in Yorkshire.
I work full time as a freelance photographer, but I'm trying to get Lens Think off it's feet.


W H A T   D O   I  W A N T? // H O W   C A N    Y  O U   H E L P?
Patreon allows you to pledge upwards of $1/month to someone u want to support (it's an american website - 1 dollar = 76p).

The money will be used to pay for travel to events, to pay speakers, and create a mini wage for the activities, pay helped, put funding into the socials we do so we can do bigger and better things and make Lens Think start getting out there as an organisation.

It would be proper nice if you could donate 76p or more, but I get it I still can barely live as an adult because making it work in the Arts is HARD. Not everyone can afford to donate BUT if you do like what I'm doing, and would like to support me, or share this, then that would be eqaully as brilliant.

Cheers,

Jo x


Tiers
Lens Think Sticker
$1 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free set of stickers, a name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 
Lens Think Postcard
$2 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free set of stickers, A post card, a name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 
LENS THINK TOTE BAG
$5 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free LT Tote bag that only supporters will have. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 

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Lens Think Dance like you're Northern Tee
$22 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a Dance like you're Northern T shirt, a postcard and a set of stickers. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3
Baseball Tee
$35 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a Dance like you're Northern baseball Tee, a postcard and a set of stickers. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3
Goals
$10 of $500 per month
When we reach $300 a month we will pay our speakers, pay our travel, put on a Riso graph zine published workshop, and so much more.  We want to have a fully functioning website. We want to create a mentor programme THAT WORKS. We are planning a symposium about Photography in the North, residencies and again SO MUCH MORE!
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Ey up,

Lens Think Yorkshire working towards tackling social inequality in Photography.

Lens Think Yorkshire is A bi-monthly social in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, & develop photography in the North. BUT we are so much more than a social. We want to provide support for artists, create collaborations between photography networks, provide peer reviews, pop-up exhibitions and residencies. We are setting up a new website, that will have interviews with artists working in the North, and provide a place to connect. We are also starting a mentor scheme, and running a series of workshop programmes focusing on socially engaged arts in the North of England.

W H A T    I S    I T ?
Lens think is; A creative group, a community of people that can offer advice, a place where people can chat about ideas and work, it helps ease that pressure. It’s also really important to have peers out there, on the more business side to network and to grow an understanding of the industry you work in.There are so many rejections in this industry we are told we need to be tough, and develop a thick skin. The problem lies in that most creative are sensitive people, the pressures can take their toll. A physical meeting won’t solve any of the problems within the photographic industry BUT what it can do is be a great place, to encourage inclusivity, to allow people to be curious, to meet people that they can form collaborative projects with. Also to put on some events that allows people to experiment a little with the medium, with other people and with themselves. I wanted to create a group where it didn’t matter how established people were, where it doesn’t matter what awards they’ve won, what university you attended, what class you’re from, it’s a meet up where everyone is welcome.
Our launch event was May 11th 2017 in York.Lens think has a Facebook group which is open to anyone to join, an Instagram that features interviews with new and more well known work by photographers who have worked in the North.

W H Y?

Since I, (Joanne Coates www.joannecoates.co.uk), started Lens Think in 2017 after a twitter conversation about the industry needing support. Lens think is by a creative / photographer / poor graduate / disgruntled Northerner / call it what you like that believes in supporting other artists and photographers. I grew up in rural North Yorkshire not knowing that Photography, or even university was an option for me, then I ran away to London to study where I was an outsider, worked a bit, came back, worked a lot, and thought . . . Do you know what, There needs to be a supportive network out there.

When I graduated and returned to the North of England, I found it a very isolating landscape. Photography as we all known is not a very diverse medium in terms of who does the photo taking. There seemed to be a void in terms of connecting people, a lot of graduates, freelancers and established artists feel isolated. I really wanted there to be a place where creatives, artists, and photographers could meet, ask questions, feel supported and connect. After a Twitter conversation with the United Nations of Photography and Rob Hudson I realised that no one else was going to set this up. There were two paths to take, the first was to moan about the problem and do nothing, or the second was to set up a network to develop photography across the North myself.
I took the second option and that’s how Lens Think was born. I think it needs someone who is a bit stubborn, won’t back down but genuinely believe in the medium as a place for diverse talents to have the chance to make work in a democratic manner and for better or worse that person happens to be me.
I think of developing work as a learning process, a vital part of that process is to share work with others. Lens Think is a place where people can meet, share work, talk, connect, and feel supported. Studying in London there are many talks, events, exhibitions, groups that support each other. Moving back home it was a sparse land to navigate and I really wasn’t sure why. There are some incredibly talented photographers, creators, galleries, spaces, writers, creative living and working in Yorkshire.
I work full time as a freelance photographer, but I'm trying to get Lens Think off it's feet.


W H A T   D O   I  W A N T? // H O W   C A N    Y  O U   H E L P?
Patreon allows you to pledge upwards of $1/month to someone u want to support (it's an american website - 1 dollar = 76p).

The money will be used to pay for travel to events, to pay speakers, and create a mini wage for the activities, pay helped, put funding into the socials we do so we can do bigger and better things and make Lens Think start getting out there as an organisation.

It would be proper nice if you could donate 76p or more, but I get it I still can barely live as an adult because making it work in the Arts is HARD. Not everyone can afford to donate BUT if you do like what I'm doing, and would like to support me, or share this, then that would be eqaully as brilliant.

Cheers,

Jo x


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Tiers
Lens Think Sticker
$1 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free set of stickers, a name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 
Lens Think Postcard
$2 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free set of stickers, A post card, a name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 
LENS THINK TOTE BAG
$5 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a free LT Tote bag that only supporters will have. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3 

EDIT

Lens Think Dance like you're Northern Tee
$22 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a Dance like you're Northern T shirt, a postcard and a set of stickers. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3
Baseball Tee
$35 or more per month
As a big thanks for supporting Lens Think, a Dance like you're Northern baseball Tee, a postcard and a set of stickers. A name on our website and at our events that you are there for us. <3