Photography With Mindfulness – in Recovery, Tony Wooderson


Metro Imaging is proud to be supporting photographer and project coordinator worker Tony Wooderson, sponsoring a very special exhibition this month.

From his role as a recovery worker with Supporting Treatment, Accommodation and Recovery in Suffolk (STARS), Tony facilitated a number of Photography-with-Mindfulness workshops for STARS clients; and from the work produced, has then curated an exhibition of 30 photographs. All work has been printed by Metro’s master printers on C-Type Matt with a window mount finish.

The idea was to encourage the participants’ creativity, using only mobile phones to take photographs. They were encouraged to deploy the habits and principles of mindfulness and basic photography skills to aid their recovery.

“As a photographer, I know there’s a clear link between mindfulness and my craft. So it seemed natural that I would try to use my love of photography to address some of the challenges being faced by the people I supported.”   

Tony ran five sessions in the weeks before Christmas last year, with the expectative that this would build confidence among participants and contribute to the overall goal, which is to consolidate recovery, enhance employability and independence.

Camera Amnesty, a charity that encourages homeless people by providing them with donated photography equipment, also teamed up for the cause, and supply all the mobile phones needed for the project.

The exhibition opened Monday 8th April at La Tour Cycle Café in Ipswich Marina and will remain there until Saturday 20th April; it will then move to Suffolk Mind, Quay Place from Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 26th April.


To watch photographer and winner of international awards for his innovative iPhone images, Simon Ellingworth video on his critique on the 10 best images from the workshops, please click here.


Exhibition Details:

8–20 April, La Tour Cycle Café, Ipswich

23–26 April, Suffolk Mind, Quay Place


1. & 2. Louise Keddy
3. & 4. Liam Roberts