Whenever people hear the name Cameras4Change they are always receptive, and often intrigued to hear more! Everyone seems to love photography and our name rings that bell! There is an obvious connection with cameras, but when we explain on a deeper level how the camera can do so much, there is a delightful reaction. Just like the magic of seeing an image come to life in a tray of developer, little by little a transformation takes place through the simple process of working in a group with cameras.
Our recent workshop here in Vancouver was no exception. When kids have cameras they have fun there is no doubt, but there are so many other subtle things happening at the same time. They are forced to focus in the moment, and by doing that a whole domino effect takes place. They are continually interacting with not only themselves, but their environment and each other. They may need assistance with the camera, so they ask a leader, or friend; they want to share what they see through their lens and continually reach out to others around them. They gain knowledge of the camera and that builds skill and understanding that can be accessed again, and also applies to learning in other areas. Their sense of pride and self is strengthened through this very simple process. It really does distill down to “connecting”, the hand on a shoulder, talking with each other in authentic ways, sharing, caring and taking the time to simply be there. We could even call it Connecting 4Change!
These are images from the participants, the ways they approach the world with the camera can also be applied to life!2. checking out what’s growing in the garden. Margaret Dixon3. Fun with a “selfy”. Margaret Dixon