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Community stars shine in the spotlight

A COMMUNITY initiative using the power of imagery and storytelling has helped to celebrate the lives of those closest to people with disabilities.

“Snapshot” is the brainchild of UR Connected, a major community arts project by Supported Tenancy Accommodation and Respite (STAR) Tasmania and the Parkside Foundation.

The event, which was held during National Families Week in Hobart, involved a team of photographers volunteering their skills to take free portraits of individuals and their family members with a disability.

Snapshot photographer Ron Franks said the team was excited to share the stories of those in the community who give so much of themselves.

“Often these are people who do not have the time, let alone desire, for family portraits,” he said.

“Our goal is to find images for our print exhibition in December and to share some behind-the-scenes shots on our Facebook page.

“We are volunteers with a passion for photography – we love what we do and it is great to meet others and get them involved in something they may not otherwise consider.”

The UR Connected initiative aims to bring community members together to build awareness of people with disabilities.

The project aims to produce 2015 works of art for the year 2015.

A range of images and stories will be shared on the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/snapshotcelebrating

For more information about UR Connected initiative go to www.startas.org.

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