VOLUNTEERS' WEEK: DAN CARTY

Dan Carty of Daniel Carty Images is a Leigh based photographer with a versatile body of work and a strength in capturing candid moments. Dan approached us earlier this year, interested in photographing some of our events. He's also worked with on the All Write Up North project associated with Wigan Libraries, as well as an archive project. We got in touch to ask him how it's gone so far.

During your time so far as a volunteer, what would you say was your best memory of an event? Meeting & shooting Wolfgang Flur was an utter privilege and was laced with personal teen memories and was so incredibly special. It was also great to meet and shoot like minded fans too, lovely atmosphere. Great to see the Old Courts team working together and I was most definitely made to feel part of that team as well. I also loved shooting the Camille Lepage exhibition, profoundly moving and images that very much resonate with me and my documentary aspirations. Again I got to meet personnel from Wigan Art & Culture department and was able to swap ideas. Best memory though would be shooting the Improv Night in the Bailiff Bar, meeting the artists/acts/performers including Phil and his team and the guys from The Something New Show Improv Team, Casino Improv. Small, cozy intimate venue which I am sure makes for quite a challenge for the performers, but for me, they were all fantastic. Small but knowledgeable crowd made for an inclusive and encouraging environment. Not easy, but achieved here in spades. Once again, I was made to feel very much part of the team, with a very warm welcome and very enthusiastic explanation of the aims and goals for the night. I felt as much a part of the audience as I did a member of the team AND an attending photographer. Good fun, good company, like minded people named a great sense of supporting smaller acts / acts starting out. Great night! As part of our team of volunteers, you provide The Old Courts with a crucial resource which helps events run smoothly and adds the personal touch which means so much to our visitors but what does volunteering mean to you? In this very specific example, I am very proud if not just one of my images is used to support The Old Courts, but that my `sytle` of shooting is recognised. Hope this makes sense as I have ALWAYS strived to shoot from a slightly different perspective? Volunteering of any sort (I Have worked with MNDA, MIND, SANE & The Bridge at Leigh) means a conscious decision to freely give up your time. In my opinion time is the single most precious commodity you can possibly give. This was my Dads mantra and I love to think that he would approve of me doing what he did so freely and with no strings and for so many. We host a variety of events, in your experience, which have the most valuable impact on our community and why? Very difficult to single out specific events however, I would have to say exhibitions, gigs, stand up etc that has gone on to inspire just one single person, that might not otherwise of done so, to go back again, pick up that guitar, beat that drum, scribe that first line, snap that image with that old camera - that then in turn means the introduction to a whole new world of discovery, meeting new people and of course fun and a sense of achievement. Then you would have to say that the regeneration of a building becoming a conduit to people making these personal discoveries has been an overwhelming success? If others in our community are considering volunteering, what are the best reasons to recommend it? A huge sense of community, team work, achievement - meet some wonderful new people, Slightly more personally - a sense of worth and real value both as a person and for the effort you put in, that your contributions matter and that others care and are appreciative because your contribution matters.

Thank you Dan for everything you've done so far, we look forward to having you back for more events in the future!

To see more of Dan's work and make print enquiries, head to Daniel Carty Images on Facebook

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