Diary of a Care Girl

“It’s not how different we all are, but rather how alike we are as people that is significant” – Lucy Howell explores the psychological landscape of adults in social care

Words by Lucy Howell

I have worked in social care for many years. My photography practice explores the diversity and uniqueness of humans. My ongoing series, Diary of a Care Girl explores the psychological landscape of the adults I work with in social care.

I believe there is a misunderstanding of disabled adults and their value. This may be partly due to visibility. There is a misconception that they should not be photographed because of exploitation, however speaking directly to adults with disabilities, their families and support network they’ve expressed the desire to been seen. They want to be visible, celebrated and be an active part of society.

If we silence minorities and hide them from sight our misconceptions and fear remains and community’s stays unequal. Diary of a Care Girl explores society’s relationship with “differences” and challenges the fictions around theses. It’s not how different we all are, but rather how alike we are as people that is significant.

As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
 

Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
 

As TRIP C.I.C. we are not interested in profiting from the activities of the organization, and re-invest all income back in to consecutive publishing projects.
 

Directors:
Dean Davies
Alfie Allen
 

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