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‘Portrait of Boscombe’ exhibition

By Gerald Gilbert

An exciting new photographic project is being launched and it is hoped that it will change the perception of Boscombe from extremely negative to one of a vibrant and inclusive community.

Nadia Amura, artist, professional photographer and long standing resident of Boscombe said she was fed up with the bad reputation of Boscombe that she regularly heard about. So she started the ‘Portrait of Boscombe.”

She set about Photographing a variety of local residents whom she feels make it an interesting place to live and included a short biography of each person.

She said: “It started off as an on-line thing but it’s become so popular.” So many people were interested in the site that there is now going to be an exhibition at the Factory studio in Havilland road on May the 29th to the 1st of June from 6 till 9pm.Portrait-of-Boscombe-300x192

What started off as an on-line exhibit of 50 resident’s pictures has turned into much bigger venture and now Nadia has received much needed sponsorship.

Although a lot of those included are creative people Nadia insists she wants to show Boscombe’s multiplicity. She said: “I am trying to include as much diversity as I can.”

She added: “Personally I feel that although Boscombe has its problems it is genuinely full of lovely people and I have only encountered really nice people.”Harry-colour-300x200

Nadia is originally from London but came here to study at Bournemouth University where she did extensive film making and photographic projects. She said she fell in love with the area and never left.

She said that so far her expectations of the work have been greatly exceeded just with the amount of positive feedback she has received.

Harry Seccombe, vice chair of the ‘Boscombe Resident’s Forum’ who regularly campaigns to bring about positive change to Boscombe was one of the advocates. He said: “I think it is a really good project. It puts Boscombe in a good light.”

Again he echoed Nadia’s view that Boscombe has too much of a negative perception. He would like to see a lot more such schemes to highlight the areas community spirit.

He went as far as to say: “I think there should be a master vision for Boscombe. Where everyone is working together.”

The popularity of the project is so big has been taken Nadia aback. In just one month she had over 5000 hits on the website along with scores of people e-mailing her asking to be involved.

She said: “I’ve had so much feedback. I had no idea just how popular this would end up being.

She went on to say: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. I felt really embraced by the community.”

The news spread and countless others have joined in suggesting interesting people to be photographed.”

Although some have criticised the council’s lack of such vision the council funded ‘Boscombe Regeneration Partnership’ are also full of praise for Nadia and her work. Cat McMillan there community regeneration officer said: “We think it is absolutely wonderful. It’s really good to have someone who is local and creative.”

She also agreed that Boscombe perception needs to change and the project will help to do that.

Responding to criticism that the council do not enough to highlight Boscombe diversity themselves Kat said: “I don’t think that is true we have a specific team dedicated to communication around Boscombe.

She insisted that like Nadia the partnership is trying to better the area for all residents including the most deprived. Inspired by the portrait of Boscombe there will now be a range of different projects local people can get involved in.

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