November 14, 2006

I am now taking part in a wonderful project in Uganda. National Geographic Photo Camp is holding its first international Photo Camp, with the support of the International Medical Corps. I’ve participated in two others, in San Francisco and New York, but this is the first one being held abroad. We are in western Uganda teaching three two-day workshops to refugee children ranging in ages from 12 to 20. The participants are mostly from the Congo and Rwanda. So far it’s been a dizzying experience with not enough sleep and too much to do. But the children are lovely and patient and seem to be getting a lot out of it. The goal of this workshop is part photo class and part art therapy. I’ve attached a few images of mine and one image by a very talented young man from the Congo who is 17. His image is a setup tableau of the difficulties the people face here when they get sick. They get malaria and don’t have enough food, but their neighbors come to help and share what they have. He set this up on his own without any guidance from any instructor. This is quite an inspiring image and is filled with insight into the plight of the people here.

His image is the one of the man lying on a straw mat surrounding by villagers.

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