View the world through the eyes of another with The Dyslexia Portrait

Published: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Miranda Harr is a Hull-based photographic artist. We caught up with her to find out about an exciting project, The Dyslexia Portrait.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that affects around 1 in 10 adults in the UK. It can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. However, it’s a very diverse condition and not all people with dyslexia experience it the same way. The series of paired images that Miranda has created reflects this.

“I’d always suspected that I had dyslexia, but I wasn’t diagnosed formerly until around two years ago when I was 39,” she tells us.

As a photographer, Mieanda began to document how she saw the world through a variety of images.

“I realised that this wasn’t enough and that I wanted to tell the stories of others with dyslexia.”

Miranda reached out on social media and set up a website, where she got a number of responses. She also reached out to a few people in the public eye, who had previously spoken about their experience with dyslexia.

“The response was great. Many people were happy to share their story with me and have an image created. Others were quite shy, and didn’t want to talk as openly about it,” she recalls.

At the exhibition, you will see an array of portraits of people with dyslexia. These are twinned with an abstract image of how they perceive the world.

“Dyslexia is a very diverse condition. It affects everyone differently,” Miranda maintains. “I also wanted the overall exhibition to be positive. Whilst the creative image represents the barriers that these people have faced in a text-based society, the portraits and biographies show that they have amazing skills and are hugely successful.”

Through talking with these individuals, Miranda has learned that many adults are either without a diagnosis or have been diagnosed later in life:

“As an adult, a diagnosis is expensive. And unless you’re in education, the condition can often be overlooked.”

The exhibition kicks off during Dyslexia Awareness Week. It is impactful for both individuals with dyslexia and people who just want to learn more.

“I think it’s important for those with a diagnosis, as well as those who may suspect they have it, or even if you have someone with dyslexia in the family. It’s going to open their eyes to just how powerful people with the condition can be,” Miranda adds.

“Meanwhile, it can be very interesting for those who don’t know much about it. Neurodiversity is being increasingly acknowledged in the workplace and our everyday lives.”

You can catch The Dyslexia Portrait at the Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull until Saturday 11 November. Entry is free and more details can be found on the Hull 2017 website.

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Published: Tuesday 3rd October 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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