PHOTOGRAPHY FOR A CHANGE
The story of a photography workshop in Kingston, Jamaica
Goal of the project
Photography for a Change aims to bring photography skills to Jamaican inner city residents in the hope of positively changing the way they themselves, as well as the rest of the world, view their surroundings, their communities, their city.
I believe that through photography as an art form, it is possible to deal with serious issues in a positive way and that is exactly what this project aims to do.
At the same time Photography for a Change aims to teach a skill that students can use for good in their lives, whether documenting their own lives or even as a profession.
To start the project a 4-day photography workshop was held in the Cassava Piece community, Kingston in April 2013. The students were a very diverse group of people from around the area, people of different backgrounds, ages and skill levels. The only thing they all had in common was
their passion to learn and to show people how they see the world. This magazine shows the best photos of Kingston through their eyes.
Photography for a change is a project created in collaboration with non-profit organisation HELP Jamaica! and Jamaican Social Development Commission.
All the funds raised will go straight to the artists, the work of HELP Jamaica! and the continuation of Photography for a Change.
Special Thanks to:
Kimone Cotterell, Gavin Myers, Birte Timm, Virginia Chin & all the wonderful staff and kids of HELP Jamaica! + Canon Finland & everyone who donated cameras to the project.
And of course all the inspirational students of the workshop!
Why Jamaica ?
Jamaican culture and it’s people have given me more inspiration than any other place I’ve ever visited. This geographically small island in the Caribbean, has influenced world history in many important, sometimes even revolutional ways from human rights to music, sports, style and so much more.
Visiting Jamaica it is easy to understand why - the experience is powerful. Jamaican nature is a slice of paradise and it’s people positive, warm, proud, loud, quick and fearless.
Because of it’s history and culture, Jamaica is a completely unique place on earth and I believe visiting the island will be a great experience for anyone who is open-minded and -hearted.
In Jamaica I finally learned how to appreciate my own roots and how to be truly proud of them for the first time. Being amongst people with so much natural creativity, healthy pride and self respect, despite circumstances and life situations that could easily destroy their spirit, truly opened my eyes to appreciate what I have in my own life and how I want to share my skills and positive power on to others.
Finding Jamaica has been a blessed experience for me and I believe that this kind of cultural exchange between Jamaican and European communities can only enrichen both worlds.