Working with French-born photographer Magali Pettier, women involved in a weekly drop-in support group called Girls are Proud (GAP), at the homeless charity Tyneside Cyrenians, learned about the technical aspects of taking and developing photographs. They then took the images and used the project as a means of escaping from their covert activities, says Laura Seebohm, manager of women’s services at Tyneside Cyrenians. "We work to develop confidence and self-esteem within this group. We decided a creative project such as photography was perfect."
The images draw attention to things the audience thinks it knows but force the viewer to look at them through different eyes – hence the title. It also allows the women to express themselves and communicate their stories by capturing their lives through a series of moments.