Sunderland photographer chronicles lives of people with disabilities

Catherine Kniveton with her exhibition of photographs on at The Place, Sunderland.
Catherine Kniveton with her exhibition of photographs on at The Place, Sunderland.
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A PHOTOGRAPHER has focused on giving others the chance to put their lives in the picture.

Catherine Kniveton is in her second year studying photography, video and digital imaging at Sunderland University.

For her latest piece of work, she asked people with disabilities to take pictures of themselves – including the time they spend at a group called The HUB.

The exhibition has been on show at The Place in Sunniside, Sunderland.

Catherine, 20, said: “I gave the group disposable cameras, taught them how to use them and asked them to take pictures of the things that mean the most to them.

“In all of the photos, I can see something of the person who took them. The images are representations of what is important to them.

“All the members are of varied abilities but they’re at The HUB because they want to be, not because they have to.

“I wanted to show off the importance and brilliance of places like this, but from the point of view of the members.”

She added: “I had to learn what individual needs people had and how that affected what they could do.

“Everyone has their own style. Each one was asked what The HUB means to them and it was lovely to see that most of the participants took pictures of their friends.”

Catherine worked alongside Arcadea, which promotes disability arts in the region.

The student hopes to set up her own disability photography agency after finishing university and at the end of her project was asked to stay as a volunteer at The HUB, which is based in Newcastle.

Following the display at The Place, which ends today, the exhibition will be part of Newcastle’s Late Shows.

It will be on show from 7pm to 11pm on Saturday, May 17, in Commercial Union House in Pilgrim Street.