My viewpoint

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A photographic exhibition featuring some powerful and poignant images captured by men with prostate cancer is now on show.

In January, the Trinity Holistic Centre launched a pilot photography project – funded by Prostate Cancer UK – for men diagnosed with the disease.

One of the workshops

One of the workshops

Its aim was to provide greater emotional support to men living with – and beyond – a prostate cancer diagnosis and to give them the opportunity to learn and develop their new photography skills with a digital camera including getting an understanding of composition and expression of views through photography.

Now, the four who completed the eight-week workshop, which was delivered by local photographer and communications professional John Kerr and supported by qualified counsellor Margaret Booth, will showcase their work at the centre.

Each image includes a personal viewpoint of their illnesses and is extremely thought-provoking.

John said: “The subject matter of this workshop was incredibly emotive and we were not really sure what response we would get. We needn’t have worried as the group quickly became its own support network while producing some thought provoking and technically excellent photographs and narrative.”

Trinity Holistic Centre business manager Heather McLean added:  “We know there is evidence to suggest that being in an environment of peer support, expressing views and learning a new skill can make a huge difference to those living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis but I have truly been blown away by the response.

“The images and words which go with them are deeply moving and I’d like to thank all four for taking part and sharing their work – and their journey – with us. Hopefully it will help to tackle the taboo that surrounds this part of men’s health and that more will recognise the early signs and seek help.”

The four photographers – Brian Addison, Gerry Armstrong, John Dilworth and Rick Reed – all attended the launch.

For more about the exhibition and photos from the opening night, click here