Following on from my return to Africa this year, I’ll be uploading an image each week from my time in Western Uganda / Rwanda.
As you’ll know doubt be aware, I’m returning to Western Uganda in early 2015 to work with a school in the region, teaching the children photography and supplying them with disposable cameras to shoot images of their life.
As a photographer it’s natural that I can intrusive on my subject matter, of course the aim is not to be, but often reactions change when a camera is pointed and that is part of the skill, getting to know people and knowing when to shoot and when not. By giving children a camera I’m keen to see what makes them tick and how they see their life.
The principle idea of the project is to spend time at the school, teaching, giving and becoming part of their community. I will spend time at the school, teaching the children about photography and art, showing them my life in pictures, how to take photographs and what they mean.
After a few days, the children will be given disposable cameras, to photograph their life, how they see their life within the community and what excites them as kids.
With the films developed, images will be enlarged, shown and discussed within the school.
Each child will be presented with an album of their photographs from their week with the cameras, a truly special memento and something for them to cherish. Naturally the kids within this community don’t have cameras and certainly have no records of their childhood.