“We’re Human Too” – Shoot (Day 1)


Tonight saw the of the first “We’re Human Too” film and portraiture session get underway at York Arc Light. Scott Akoz Photography was on hand to set up a studio with in the Arc Light media room.

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After the photographer had set up the studio with back drop and lights he talked them through what he wanted to get in terms of the portraits. IMG_5887

Scott brought equipment that gave us a live feed of the images coming through as they were being taken, allowing participants to get an immediate preview of their shots on a tablet device.


Below Akoz scrolls through images to discuss the best shots.IMG_5895IMG_5906

We worked with 4 different residents of varying ages to shoot powerful portraits that would be recognised as part of a series.IMG_5870

All the participants discussed the shots they liked with Scott Akoz, it was great to see their positive reactions.  IMG_5912

Above Akoz captures the shot, and below sharing a moment of laughter with Ian as they review the shots.IMG_5909IMG_5925 IMG_5915

Once each participant had completed their photo shoot they were invited to answer a series of questions about who they were on video. We wanted to talk about them as people, what made them happy what made them sad, before getting to conversations about homelessness. Working with Inspired Youth participants gave honest and open interviews and engaged fully with the process. The interviews, which were at times very emotional, will form a short film that will carry the powerful themes of the project and promote the project and exhibition online. IMG_5829

Above Liam sets up the studio backdrop, and below prepares audio equipment for filming.IMG_5824IMG_5825


Film & Portraits project is set to launch

Our eagerly anticipated “We’re Human Too” project starts today with our first session. The sessions will include a portrait shoot by Scott Akoz and short interviews on camera with Arc Light residents, shot by Inspired Youth. Watch the blog for more updates later today. #werehumantooIMG_5743

Engaging with Arc Light residents

Over the last few weeks Arc Light Staff have been promoting the “We’re Human Too” project internally to residents. Tonight Inspired Youth met with a group of interested residents to explore the opportunity.


In order to fully engage people experiencing homelessness, we really wanted to convey the project concept and the idea behind the work. We talked the group through the process with our Prezi presentation.

To kick start the meeting we talked through the creative process and introduced people to some of our previous award-winning work including Music4Care, a music video shaped by Care leavers, made in partnership with The SpringBoard Project and A Story Like Ours, dementia friendly Campaign.

IMG_5743Residents reacted positively to the opportunity and there was a real interest in the project and its aims. We are confident going into the photography and film shoots which start next week.

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We’re Human Too – The humans behind homelessness

Inspired Youth are set to launch a powerful photography and film project to show the human side of people experiencing homelessness. “We’re Human Too” is funded by a small grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation York Committee and will be delivered by Inspired Youth in partnership with York Arc Light homeless charity and Scott Akoz Photography.

The project will focus on presenting the humans behind the stigma and stereotypes associated with homelessness.

‘We’re Human Too” will form a City-wide awareness raising campaign which aims to explore and understand homelessness through the voices of experience. The project aspires to challenge modern images of homelessness we are shown in the media by creating powerful portraits which value each person as an individual with a story rather than a stereotype or an idea.

Over the coming weeks Inspired Youth will be shooting portraits with Scott Akoz Photography, and filming short interviews to explore the humans behind the stereotypes and stigma of homelessness. Follow the blog for updates.