Friday, June 26, 2009
Cameras for Children: Post #2
I've been really lazy with posting about cameras for Children, but i hope this post is able to provide some insight to my program.
In Kampala, i work with about 15 different boys at 2 different group homes.
Makerere home: when i gave the cameras to the boys, honestly the only thing they took pictures of was themselves. seriously. looking through one of the mentor's photos, i asked him why so many of them were of himself. "those were mistakes," he claimed.my reply "well there are a lot of mistakes. you must be really clumsy."
i threatened a boy named Henry (Henry is the boy pictured in my 1st post on C4C)that if he took another photo of himself, i wouldnt give him any more film. Literally every other photo from his camera was of him. however, Henry has shown a lot of improvement. after working with him for 2 weeks, i left him a camera and 4 rolls of film to shoot while i'm up north.
Kibuli home: the kids at Kibuli are pretty rough. you could classify them "street orphans" as most don't have enough money to go to school. i have taken a sincerely liking to this group of kids. The Kibuli kids not only show an interest in photography, but they just get the fundamentals. i wish i was as good as these kids are when i first picked up a camera. for the photographers out there, some of the boys have started layering and have already gotten away from centering the subject.
Since there is a bit of talent at Kibuli, i gave them an assignment. i asked them to take photos where they want to see change. Pictured above is Sadam, 14, with a photo he took for the assignment of people bathing in an open sewer.
another boy, Dan, has a really good eye. I also left him 4 rolls of film and camera to shoot with while I'm gone. ill scan some of his photos and post them when i get back to Kampala.
it's been so much fun working at both homes. they are both so different, but working in each of them allows the boys to express themselves in a way that they've never been able to before, and i'm proud to be a part of their lives.