Handle With Care: Keira Campbell

“ I selected these objects because they are cute and fluffy. They all have different personalities and remind me of how I can change how I am when I’m with different people.” - Keira

Exeter-based photographer Brendan Barry worked with a group of young people aged thirteen to seventeen years old to create these photographic prints.

The participants are all young carers, who use the Devon Carers service. A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who provides practical or emotional support and assistance for a relative or family friend. This could be due to a number of reasons including disability, illness or a mental health condition.

Brendan Barry is well known for transforming unusual objects into cameras and darkrooms: they are often large-scale, such as a caravan, or shipping container, and in this case a large cardboard box sited in the centre of the museum.

Through a series of workshops at Devon Carers, Westbank, and at RAMM, the young people gained skills in composition, darkroom techniques, and image processing, and created their own photographic prints. They also handled and selected objects from RAMM’s collections to inspire a series of photographs. Each participant chose museum objects that they felt connected to, perhaps saying something about their identity or sparking personal narratives.

© Brendan Barry

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
8/2020/4
Collection Class
Photographs
Medium
gelatin silver print on Ilford pearl resin-coated multigrade photographic paper
Common Name
Handle With Care: Keira Campbell
Simple Name
photograph
Period Classification
Modern (1900-)
Production Town
Exeter
Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Date
2019
Production Person Initials
BrendanKeira
Production Person Surname
BarryCampbell
Production Year Low

Production Year High


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Handle With Care: Keira Campbell