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Digital Portraits of the People of Poole

Borough of Poole has worked with Bournemouth and Poole students, doing a BTEC Extended in Art and Design, to create the 'Digital Portraits of the People of Poole' photo library, which showcases the diverse range of the people living and working in our town. 
Digital Portraits of the People of Poole - Grandpa

The people and places

The aim was to create a professional looking photo library of the people and places we would all recognise as Poole.  The students worked incredibly hard, attending numberous community events in the evening and at weekends; whether it was Poole Forum's AGM, Eid, Diwali and Channukah celebrations, Remembrance Sunday in Poole Park, to fireworks night and the lantern parade on Poole Quay.             

They also took pictures of people using Council services, Borough employees and family members, those they know and love, and strangers in Poole's familiar landscapes.

We now have an incredible bank of photos that will used in a wide range of our publicity materials, from the website, social media and Poole News, to leaflets and brochures about our specific services.  To see a sample of the photos visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/poolepeople/

The legacy

The Dolphin Shopping Centre and Marks and Spencers kindly supported the accompanying launch of a five day exhibition of the photos, hosted in Poole's former Early Learning Centre in February 2014.

We are now all working together to create window vinyl of some of the photos to continue to raise awareness of this work.  This will be launched at the beginning of May in a shop window the Dolphin Centre.

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Contact us

To give feedback or for more information please email daniel.biggs@poole.gov.uk, Strategic Communities and Equalities Officer or (Text Relay) telephone (18001) 01202 633035.