The Pins and Needles photography project began on the 7th May 2012. The initial purpose of the project, for me, was a celebration of diversity, in the forms of body art and body modification of ‘real’ everyday people - which more often than not find themselves branded with the negative stigma that comes with being covered in tattoos and body piercings. People are quick to judge but in my experience it’s the little differences inside and out that make us individual and in many ways beautiful in our own right. This is why I appealed to friends, family and friends of friends to get involved with this project and make it my aim to convey this beauty and individualism through the only way I know how, photography.
In the near future I hope to put together a mock gallery exhibition of some the pieces featured to raise money for the Hummingbird Centre in Shrewsbury hospital. The reasoning behind the choice of charity /cause is that it’s something close to my heart and recent events in my life inspired me to turn this project into something more than just a book of photos that gets put on a shelf and forgotten about. Many of us have a choice in the ‘Pins’ and ‘Needles’ that are put into our bodies but others have no choice, the ‘Needles’ being put into their body are a matter of life and death.
Massive thanks to everyone taking part and giving up their time to be involved in this project, it means a lot.