Monday, 5 March 2012

A Participatory Photography Project 2012

Basti Ram are very excited to be returning to their linked orphanage project in the North Indian state of Rajasthan to deliver 'Life Through the Lens' - A participatory photography project. This is the second cohort of local boys, who have never previously used a camera, to be given the opportunity to take part in the beginners stage of this project.

Volunteers from the UK have travelled to India to teach basic camera skills to boys aged 14-17. Over the course of the next two weeks they will be exploring different techniques and interesting themes which will enable the young people to build their skills base whilst documenting their lives in a creative way.

Many of the boys living in this orphanage go on to work in the local marble mines, a hazardous job involving numerous health risks. It is hoped that by being provided with the opportunities to learn real skills, alongside learning English through our year-round teaching projects, these boys will be in a better position to gain employment in the local tourist industry and experience improved life chances as a result.

Eight boys have been selected for the project and we are told by the ground staff that they are very eager to get started! We very much look forward to embarking on this project and are especially keen to meet and get to know the young people. Over the next two weeks we will be documenting the boys progress and selecting the most interesting photos to share with our supporters via this blog.

'Life Through the Lens' is a sustainable project spanning across 2012 and 2013. Our beginner participants will progress to intermediate and advanced photography projects in the near future. This will make way for more boys from the orphanage to learn how to use a camera...

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Basti Ram's linked orphanage in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, home to some 80+ boys aged from 4 to 18 years of age.

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