Have you heard of the term ‘knolling’? It describes the process of arranging objects in parallel or 90-degree angles as a method of organisation. Photographers often use this technique by grouping together objects that are related, such as clothes, or items with an interesting colour palette, then photographing them from above. We decided to use this idea to encourage our volunteers to mark our 30th anniversary by gathering and photographing items that represent what Shared Interest means to them.
Volunteer Engagement Manager, Sally Seddon said: “We were looking for a creative way to celebrate our 30th anniversary with all volunteers, and wanted to learn more about which aspects of Shared Interest resonate most with people who invest their time with us.
“We wanted to do something that was accessible to everyone, regardless of how long they had been a Shared Interest volunteer. We knew this was something people could do from the comfort of their own home. We did not know at the time, but this aspect was to become increasingly important.
“We also wanted to give volunteers an opportunity to share something personal to them.”
The initial idea was to create a display for our 30th anniversary member event but as this was postponed due to developments with Covid-19, we hope to have an opportunity to show them at future events.
Here, Ambassador, Margaret Newens from Milton Keynes, explains her choice of items: