digital art work on show at hospital
18 images created by a
disabled artist are now brightening up the hospital where he was
once a patient. Ryan Forshaw, 35, was paralysed from the
shoulders down after a fall in 1996, leaving him using a wheelchair
and with limited use of his arms.
He had always been interested in art and started digitally
manipulating photographs while undergoing rehabilitation at the
North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport and Formby
District General Hospital.
Ryan, who did a course in digital photography at Southport College
in 2004, now uses a headset to control his computer and create
fantastical digital images from original photographs.
"Taking photographs myself is impossible but I'm too much of a
perfectionist to let friends and family take the photos I use in my
work. So, I use online image libraries when it comes to finding
source images for my manipulations," he said.
"When I'm choosing images, I usually have an idea in mind for the
sort of photos I need. The most important part to get right is
matching the perspective and lighting when compositing an image."
Ryan, who lives in Leigh, near
Wigan, now has his own
website from which he sells his work,
but he also takes commissions with clients often providing their own
Copies of the canvases on display at Southport hospital are
available to order from Ryan who is giving 50% of the profit to the
Spinal Injuries Action Group charity which supports patients.
Clinical Director of the Spinal Injuries Centre Dr Clive Glass
said:- "Ryan is unusual that he has turned what was part of
his rehabilitation into a livelihood. He's a great example of
someone who's not letting his disability stopping him achieving.
We're delighted to show off Ryan's work and it is very generous of
him to give a donation to the Centre from any orders."
760 RIDERS JOIN
MANCHESTER TO LIVERPOOL BIKE RIDE TO SUPPORT NSPCC
CONGRATULATIONS to all the
riders from across the region who joined the NSPCC's Manchester to
Liverpool Bike Ride on Sunday, 26 May 2013, to help support vulnerable
Over 760 riders of all ages, abilities and aspirations took to their
saddles and joined the route from Salford Quays Watersports Centre
through Manchester via Old Trafford and Stretford, before joining
the Trans-Pennine Trail to Otterspool Park in Liverpool. Riders
enjoyed either the 39 mile route, or a fantastic new 55 mile road
route which was new for this year, for all those riders seeking a
NSPCC volunteers and supporters
from across Manchester and Liverpool were out in force to cheer the
riders on and offer encouragement along the way.
Organisers anticipate the bike ride will raise over £20,000 for the
children's charity which will help support it's new ChildLine
Schools Service. Particularly focused on nine to 11 year olds, the
ChildLine Schools Service aims to help them understand what abuse
is, including bullying, how to protect themselves and where to get
help and support if needed. The service is led by volunteers who are
trained to deliver safeguarding assemblies and interactive workshops
Helen Gazzola, community
fundraising manager for the NSPCC, said:- "A big well done to
all our fantastic riders who took part in the bike ride. We were
delighted to see so many people come and enjoy a fantastic day.
There was great atmosphere and we are on target to raise a record
amount of money."
If you'd be interested in taking part in a bike challenge for the
NSPCC or for further information about supporting the NSPCC locally,
please call:- 0844 892 0253 or by