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Disability Journalism Programme visits Royal Photographic Society

The Foundation’s Disability Journalism Programme took their work to another level with a visit to the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) at the Paintworks Complex in South Bristol.

Students and staff from Claremont and New Fosseway schools met with Director General Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, to share their recent video and portrait photography experiences, as well as enjoying a private showing of the stunning 'Altered Ocean' exhibition by Mandy Barker.

Organised by Ian Rice Photography, the morning at the RPS allowed the students the opportunity to discuss and share techniques developed, subjects explored and memories made-including the historic win over Saracens at Ashton Gate Stadium in April.

A wheelchair user himself, as well as a self-identified “product” of the Foundation’s Disability Journalism Programme, Ian Rice’s own journey as a photographer began with photographing the Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby team eighteen months ago, as well as becoming an accredited photographer for Bristol Bears European fixtures-on hand to capture Andy Uren score a memorable try in the victory over Zebre earlier in the season.

“Since catching Andy slide over the whitewash it really has been a whirlwind,” said the founder of Ian Rice Photography.

“I have been elected a member of the International Sports Press Association, photographed the British Olympic and Paralympic teams and even had the opportunity to cover the Royal Opera.

"For me, the visit to the RPS today was the culmination of extensive research into the value of photography in helping with mental health issues and learning.”

Programme Manager Kris Tavender said: “The meeting with the RPS was a great opportunity for our students to discuss their work but also for staff to explain benefits gained from the recent pilot focussing on a more dynamic participation in events – where the students have got out and about and really been let loose to be creative with their photography.

"We are indebted to Ian for his passion for photography, passion for the Foundation’s work and above all his passion for our young people.”

To explore Ian’s work further go to https://www.ifrphoto.com/

For more information on the Disability Journalism Programme contact ktavender@bristolbearsrugby.com