I am working with young people, artists, and geographers to prepare imagery that expresses young people’s ideas about Francis Drake, as well as facilitating discussions over a cuppa to co-produce material using this imagery as a basis. This interdisciplinary approach not only enriches the creative process but also adds depth and perspective to the storytelling.
Discussing the possibility of storyboarding the imagery further into zines or mini films, or perhaps both, opens up exciting opportunities for the young people to express their ideas and narratives in diverse mediums. Zines offer a tangible and tactile format for exhibiting their work, allowing for creative layouts and personal expression, while mini films provide a dynamic and immersive way to convey stories visually, incorporating elements like music, narration, and special effects to enhance the storytelling experience.
For instance, the young people have created coastscapes and seascapes depicting scenes like a sea ablaze with a Spanish ship and a graveyard of red blood symbolizing the destruction of Drake’s conquests, illustrating the powerful and evocative imagery that they are exploring.
By incorporating these visual representations into zines or mini films, they can further explore and communicate their thoughts and feelings about Francis Drake, creating impactful narratives that engage and resonate with audiences.
By leveraging interdisciplinary collaboration and embracing diverse mediums of expression, the project is helping to empower the next generation of storytellers to share their perspectives and contribute to a richer understanding of history and culture.