foh-toh is a project which encourages mass-participation to document key moments in Wakefield’s history, creating a live visual diary of the district.
foh-toh received funding from the Creative Challenge 2020 Covid projects grants to help chronicle life in Wakefield during the Coronavirus pandemic, as an open forum for the people of Wakefield to submit their photographs.
69 residents from across Wakefield District participated during Summer 2020. Photographs were submitted and showcased on the Instagram account @fohtoh_wakefield, with participants exploring the weekly themes: Our new normal, My kind of fun, Back to the streets, People, In-betweeness, Home sweet home and Community.
During the project foh-toh interviewed practicing photographers and shared educational tips to inspire and educate their participants and followers, as well as shining a spotlight on local emerging talent. Not only is the project the start of a new photographic community, but it has provided residents with a way of connecting to Wakefield, and offered a flexible creative outlet throughout lockdown and the continued social sanctioning.
You can now explore this online gallery where the submissions will be displayed before eventually becoming a physical exhibition in 2021. These final photographs were selected by the foh-toh team and the participants of sister project ‘Our Diary’ led by Emily Ryalls. To view all of the foh-toh submissions, simply search #fohtoh on Instagram.
foh-toh is delivered by Amy Lilley, Lucy Norton and Emily Ryalls, three Wakefield based producers artists and photographers.