Tell It Like It Is

*Project in progress, new responses & work added every month*

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- Free lockdown workshops
- Open Eye exhibition 
- Get in touch


- Walks: audio, maps, video
- Acknowledgements
Creative commons

- View all photography by Ian Clegg 1978-80

New takes

- Your responses 
- Writing by Laura Robertson 

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1978-80, now, in-between, underneath, forging ahead, falling through

The ‘Tell It Like It Is’ workshops:
experiment with photography and writing!

Please note: we are now fully booked. ︎︎

  • Lockdown-friendly Zoom workshops over Winter 2020/2021
  • Free camera, notebook and pen posted to UK addresses
  • No previous expertise needed

Workshops funded by Awesome Liverpool, with huge thanks.


When you look at a photograph, what do you see? What is valuable? What is present? What is missing?

Our free creative workshops will encourage you to share YOUR own stories, in YOUR own words and images, in YOUR own way.

We’ll be discussing over 100 previously unseen photographs of Liverpool and taking new photographs on film, using Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm Single Use Cameras; we’ll be writing short texts and developing our storytelling skills.

We’ll be led by the group’s experiences and desires, without any pre-formed expectations. No previous expertise in photography or writing necessary: beginners and/or intermediate level, all welcome.


Online on Zoom. ‘Real life’ photo walks in Liverpool and gallery visits TBC depending on COVID-19 restrictions.


Monthly over Winter 2020/2021. TBC.

In our first Zoom creative workshop, we will be talking about, and starting to write about, existing images of Liverpool. No previous experience necessary – just bring an open mind.


With support from Open Eye Gallery, Writing on the Wall and Storylab, the ‘Tell It Like It Is’ workshops will invite you to reflect on 100 previously unseen black and white photographs of Liverpool, and co-create new images and creative/critical writing in response. As a group, we will share our own experiences about where we live, in our own words, in our own way.

Led by artist Ian Clegg and Open Eye Critical Writer-in-Residence Laura Robertson, we want to celebrate all the different ways that photography and creative/critical writing can work together to tell new stories about where we live. Writing about photographs is a great way to learn how to write; it can connect us to others, and to what’s around us.

Taking inspiration from ‘ethnomediaology’ – whose three core values are integrity, authenticity and openness – our club will use networking, collaboration and sharing to explore our stories. We believe this is a generous foundation on which to share perspectives, learn from each other, and create new narratives and understanding about where we live.


Our workshops will take place on Zoom.

  • All the workshops are free and you don't need to buy or bring anything – just an open mind
  • In the spirit of networking, collaboration and sharing, and to get the best out of the club, attendance to all workshops is desirable (but not essential!)
  • We’ll post you a free single use film camera (processing and printing included), notebook and pencil
  • We’ll provide a friendly and creative environment in which to talk, make new images and write new words.

We’ll celebrate our achievements in a group-decided closing event in March 2021 (TBC), in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery. 

Free camera loaded with HP5 film, including processing and print for each participant

Who? You!

  • Free to anyone with access to Zoom
  • Beginners to intermediate level welcome
  • This is for you if you’re interested in experimenting with photography and writing
  • Flexible Zoom attendance.

More info:

︎ tellitlikeitisphoto@gmail.com

See you soon!

Tell It Like It Is: images by Ian Clegg and words by Laura Robertson