The group was split into three smaller groups, Each group focused on a different theme of love. Some were asked to share their memories of love, people they had fallen for and poems, songs or verses they remember, others were invited to recreate famous scenes from romantic films and create stills.
The rest of the group began to sing 'Bye Bye Blackbird' - Toni said '..i never could remember those bloody words!'
Participants were then asked to create these stories into images with Simon and Dr J.
In another group the elders shared their thoughts on paper. Collecting stories of verses, poems, love songs or any thoughts of love they wanted to mark. Alot of people agreed that it was hard to remember any poems but songs were greatly recalled.
My favorite written quote is -
''Picked up a man at 15 - We danced at the Social Club. Got engaged at 21- a week after he was signed up to the army, away for three and a half years and only had 7 days leave in all that time! We were married for 43 years'
We also collected sound clips and group discussions, the work collected will be shown at 'Valentines Grand Ball' at the Grand Hall of BAC on 14th Feb. I will also be collecting stories of love from all ages at the event, drawing comparisons and matching older and younger people on the night to get them talking to each other, the idea is to use love as common ground - everybody love's something or someone and regardless of age we have similar experiences.
Images by Dr J - AbsolutQueer Photography
Commissioned by BAC & Duckie.