Dean Belcher: SELF – Portraits in Social Care


Metro are delighted to support SELF, the second exhibition in a photographic series which examines identity, self image and disability and sets out to show the human face of social care – colourful, bright and engaging – in sharp contrast to the negative narrative of budget cuts and negligence so often portrayed in the media.

Fashion, lifestyle and portrait photographer Dean Belcher has worked alongside Jake Meyer, Certitude Community Development Manager after seeing the first SELF exhibition which took place in Brixton earlier this year.

Dean commented; “I wanted to be involved with this project because I see how social care is portrayed in the media – it feels good to offer up a different side to this story with these diverse portraits.”

The exhibition features 100 A3 Digital C-type images of individuals from Hounslow who are either connected with Certitude, an award winning social care provider supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, or with activities offered by Age UK at Montague Hall.

Jake Meyer who developed the initial concept for the project explained; “First and foremost this is a show about community. Dean and I wanted the photographs to illustrate the extraordinary diversity of people living in Hounslow and put real faces to the concept of “social care”. The portraits tell us something about how people see themselves and the commonalities that we all share. We all have a face which we can be identified by, we all have insecurities and opinions of ourselves and both of these factors help us to relate to one another. The aim is to promote a sense of inclusion and belonging for everyone involved.”

As well as having their portraits taken, people who took part were asked how they would describe themselves and to divulge something about themselves that the viewer might not realise from their portrait. Some of these thought-provoking responses will be displayed in the exhibition as quotes on the walls.


Self – Portraits in Social Care: Montague Hall, 30 Montague Rd, Hounslow TW3 1LD

Exhibition dates: 15th – 28th September 2017

Opening times: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

For viewing outside these times please contact Certitude


Images © Dean Belcher