Based in Glasgow, Open Aye has been working with social enterprises, charities and community groups since 2010 to provide photography, videos and participatory photo projects.
We believe that equal and inclusive representation matters, and we aim to provide photography services and outputs for social & environmental change.
Open Aye was created to provide a platform for those who are often unheard in public communications campaigns, through collaborative approaches for the co-creation of images and messages. Open Aye providesdirect social impact through positive, collaborative visual storytelling and social action research projects.
We engage with communities of diversity, difference, disability and disadvantage, engaging in areas such as housing and homelessness, refugee issues, mental health, alcohol and drug recovery, environmental stewardship, volunteering, youth employability, isolation and loneliness, crime and justice, urban planning and elderly LGBTI visibility in the mass media. Open Ayes projects are varied and wide ranging.
We offer professional, positive photography and videography, creating meaningful and impactful imagery that can be used across various media platforms.
At the heart of Open Aye lies our ability to provide accurate and positive portrayals of people, places and communities through visual imagery whilst also working collaboratively and sensitively with those who feature in our work. Through empathy and respect, we work to ensure that everyone involved in the process is comfortable, enjoys themselves and appreciates the outcome. The result is images that tell a story, garner support or inspire action.
Open Aye also provides participatory photography projects for partner organisations with therapeutic, research and advocacy outputs that positively inﬂuence the wellbeing of the individuals that take part. Open Aye’s work has far-reaching impacts with advocacy campaigns being used in multi-media platforms and around local communities, in museums, galleries, libraries, schools and shopping centres. We can create participatory photo projects around any issue, need or group.
See our case studies for more information.
Meet the Team
Founding Director, Photographer, Facilitator
Becky is a participatory facilitator & photographer, specialising in social documentary photography.
Becky founded Open Aye in 2010 to provide photography and participatory projects for Scotland’s third sector. Previous to this she spent eight years working in media strategies and planning for advertising campaigns. In 1999 Becky graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA Hons in Film & Media.
She also has a PDA in Professional Photography and Digital Imaging, studied Media Strategies at Cara London and trained in participatory photography facilitation at PhotoVoice in London. Becky has also volunteered with refugee support organisations in Glasgow for over 20 years and recently trained as a forest bathing guide by Scottish Forestry and The Forest Bathing Institute.
Her extensive training and experience have equipped Becky with an in-depth understanding of citizen analysis, communication strategies, humanitarian education and assisting vulnerable groups.
Other team members
Open Aye works with additional photographers, ﬁlmmakers, facilitators, journalists, Forest School teachers and community arts workers on a project-by-project basis. Some of these experts include Bartosz Madejski, Kim Craigie, Eilidh Graham, Monique Campbell, Karin Goodwin, Craig Thompson & Ilisa Stack, amongst others.
Join the team
If you have the skills and are interested in joining the Open Aye team, get in touch.
Freelance Third Sector Development Support, Scottish Community Alliance
Jane has worked in the Third Sector for over 20 years, starting out in the Volunteer Centre Network before spending ten years as Assistant Director at Happy n Healthy Community Development Trust. Jane now works as a freelancer for various Island Development Trusts and the Scottish Community Alliance and is also involved with several social enterprises across Scotland.
Lawyer, Anderson Strathern
Christopher specialises in employment and discrimination law bringing his expertise to the role of human resources and organisational development partner for Anderson Strathern.
Head of TV, Mediacom – Scotland
Maud is a media professional over 20 years of experience in the UK advertising business. She specialises in all things broadcast, especially TV, video, radio and cinema.
Community Engagement Ofﬁcer, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Monique has a solid understanding and stake in wider work related to equality, prejudice and discrimination at a strategic level. She has an MSc in Sustainable Development, specialising in social wellbeing and expertise in working with creative participatory methodologies. Monique has also worked at the United Nations, Oxfam Scotland and various local Glasgow charities.
Trader, Genpact (formerly Citigroup)
Sudash has over 20 years of experience in the ﬁnancial sector, working across various roles including 10 years at Barclays Stockbrokers Equity and Gilt Trading.