Portrait Photography and Storytelling - London - Patrick Vernon - Born Wolverhampton 1961
Photographs I created for Hackney Museum, London . This content was made for storytelling and exhibition purposes.
I took a DNA test to find the African side of my family history after some documentary research...My result pinpointed to a village called Kedougou in Senegal. I went there to trace more of my family history, first to the Roots Festival in Gambia and then on to Dakar in Senegal. Roots give you a sense of identity. By tracing my family history I learnt a lot about myself, I felt validated, located into world history and into Britain, London and therefore Hackney... It’s about belonging. I think we all need that sense of belonging. Young people need a sense of belonging especially in a changing, uncertain globalise world.