“First impressions often end up defining something/someone. When you look at the photos taken, what do you see? What does the image say to you, make you feel or think? Do you see the message intended to be shared through an image or do you need to look beyond the initial impression?”
The purpose of this book is to share our work with the broader community to help others understand, from our perspective what the day-to-day is like for men with a criminal record living in the community.
We were pleased to partner with SkyWorks Charitable Foundation and the Immigrant Women’s Centre, Good Shepherd, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, and the Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton Area to produce Sharing Our Stories, a community filmmaking project to build leadership skills for newcomer women in Hamilton.
My name is Bob O. The task of taking photos originally began in response to a comment that was made on the evening news of a local TV station regarding “schizophrenic weather”. People were negatively impacted by this statement, which was inappropriate and did not make sense. This comment highlighted the stigma those of us with mental illness face daily. Lengthy discussions resulted in some of us participating in a Photovoice group where we could capture photos that reflect experiences that people with mental health and addictions face in our community.