“I was introduced to Len when we were looking for someone to bring to life the experiences of young people with immigration problems. Len had impressed with his ‘Her First Year’ blog and we set him the challenge of coming up with a way to work with migrant families and young people, and bring those experiences to new audiences. He did a fantastic job, on a very tricky subject, and the blog was very successful. He is totally committed, creative, tenacious, patient, thoughtful and a top notch writer and photographer.”
“How is it for you Islington?” was a real eye opener for me. Len was so nice and he encouraged even the most timid of us to approach, converse and take photographs of the people of Islington. The display and newspaper were brilliant. I hope we will see Len again in the near future for another project.
“Len’s ‘Exhibition in a Day’ workshops are a Creative Tourist legend. This is because Len is not only creative and original, but also very generous with feedback and encouragement, gently persuading participants out of their comfort zones and into new skills and confidence: everything we look for in a workshop leader. My personal favourite was the flashmob exhibition – low tech, highly engaging, great fun.”
“I have worked with Len on two school projects and each time Len has been a delight to work with. He just ‘gets’ people whether young or old and his joy of life is infectious! That he is a brilliant artist is beyond doubt but it is his ability to make people feel comfortable and open up that makes him stand out for me. He can ‘love bomb’ the most reluctant, insecure students into achieving far more than they ever dared. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him.”
“Len was the ideal person to put our book together. Not only are his photographs consistently excellent but he has a particular empathy with local residents, encouraging them to share their experiences of the regeneration process. After some editorial consultation, we pretty much left him to it and he and Axis Graphic Design have produced an accessible and yet authoritative record of New Deal’s achievements in east Manchester.”
“As a photographer and writer with an understanding of how engaging people in creative activities can change lives, he has accurately profiled both our activities and our approach to cultural regeneration. With professionalism and good humour, Len has steered us through an unfamiliar process and we now have a wonderful testament to the work of our team.”
Louise Sutton, previously Cultural Regeneration Manager, Manchester City Council On [Snapshot 2011]