Renowned British photographer Ray Burmiston, invites you to join a celestial landscape of well-known faces – with their eyes closed. These portraits are showing for the first time, in an evolving virtual artwork, mixed with eyes-closed selfies uploaded by members of the public. Entitled ‘Take a Moment’, the exhibition will raise vital funds for Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales.
Over 250 personalities have endorsed the use of their pictures by Ray including Mind’s President Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, David Walliams, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais.
There are three ways that visitors to takeamoment.uk can become part of the art and join the ‘Take a Moment’ movement:
- £3 to upload your own image to the grid (eyes closed) and nominate 3 friends to do the same
- £30 to purchase an authenticated print: 3×3 grid of randomly generated portraits from the exhibition, with your uploaded selfie in the centre. Print size: 8” x 10”
- £300 for a custom, authenticated and signed print: which lets you choose your favourite portraits. Print size: 20” x 30”
The exhibition has been curated from a decade of outtakes from Burmiston’s studio – hundreds of moments where he asks his subjects to close their eyes for a few seconds, to refresh their connection with the camera. He found these images had an atmosphere quite different from the purpose of the shoot, capturing powerful moments of self-reflection. And now, mashed together with user generated selfies, the organically evolving art-form literally draws people in, and Ray hopes will raise much needed funds for Mind and promote the message: ‘we’re all in this together’.
‘Take a Moment’ is supporting Mind’s ‘Do One Thing’ campaign, which encourages us all to ‘Do One Thing’ to support either our own or someone else’s mental health. Whether it’s checking in with a loved one, taking the first steps in seeking support through Mind’s information services, or donating to Mind through fundraising initiatives like ‘Take a Moment’, the charity is hoping to inspire people across the country to ‘Do One Thing’ for better mental health.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “We know that the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for people across England and Wales. Mind’s research shows that two out of three adults with mental health problems said that their mental health had worsened during lockdown. With fundraising impacted by the pandemic and an increase in demand for our services, donations have never been more crucial to ensure we can continue to be there for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We are incredibly grateful to Ray for choosing to support us in this way, and to all those who donate to Mind through this exciting initiative.”
Visit takeamoment.uk to become part of the Take A Moment experience.