With the help of Gavin Myers from the Social Development Commission and my friend, Jamaican artist Kimone Cotterell, I held a 4-day photography workshop in Cassava Piece, Kingston for a group of local people.
On Friday we had a wonderful exhibition and certificate ceremony at HELP Jamaica! -education center in Cassava Piece where the best student work was on display as well as some beautiful local art.
Everyone who completed the course received a certificate of participation and they all deserve some real praise. All the students were there with their whole heart and soul and because of that, got so much out of this workshop.
I’m amazed by the quality of their work after just some short lessons on technical stuff and photography values.
Their inspiration gives me so much inspiration back that I know I have to keep doing this and growing it so we can help more.
I thought some of the students deserved a special mention for their enthusiasm, passion, willingness to learn, productivity and natural creative talent, so we also handed out some awards of excellence, with which I gave the 4 students their own cameras.
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE:
Ferdinand Watson and
Well actually Erica, who had a camera before said to give hers to someone else so I decided to give the fourth camera to the person whose story touched me the most - Mikey aka Michael McIntosh.
He served 25 years in maximum security prison in Jamaica and recently got out and had never used a camera before this workshop. He told me he thinks it’s true what I said about photos being memories and he wants to take/make more and I really think he deserves them so the last camera could not have gone to a better place.
Here’s all the students:
CONRAD SMIKLE (Award of Excellence)
ERICA MORRISON (Award of Excellence)
FERDINAND WATSON (Award of Excellence)
ALICIA aka NICKY GARRISON
ODANE GREEN (Award of Excellence)
And their best work from the workshop + the work of Gavin Myers & Kimone Cotterell.
I wish I could show you all but more will be seen at the Helsinki exhibition in August when my documentary of the project is ready !! Look out for that and enjoy some of the talent of Jamaica ! Blessed love.