Development should be an equal collaboration with all involved, so as a professional photographer / educator, I felt it important to incorporate participatory photography, so that we could get more balanced view of images to raise awareness of the charity Dolen Ffermio/Farming Link’s work in Uganda.
These exited kids from Kumi Township Primary School are experimenting with digital cameras, before taking disposable film cameras home. It was the first of several Photo Diary projects I did, linking schools and communities we work with in Uganda and Wales.
The idea of the project was to enable the young people to have a voice through photography by encouraging them first to look and talk about other people’s photographs, then secondly to take photos trying out different compositions, framing and angles etc, and thirdly to edit them, adding words and sometimes drawings.
Ausman Obaja – Head Teacher comments: “Indeed photo diary school link project is so wonderful. It has reflected creativity and emotions of pupils. It has reinforced our achievements on cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. Photography itself brought realities of the far world closer and our pupils and teachers have gained skills in photography and enjoy it, we see and remember rather than hear and forget. The project is so unique – imagine an African Child being empowered to enjoy an international relationship with children outside Uganda.”
The children, teachers, and community development workers produced some wonderfully insightful photo diaries, giving both myself and people in Wales a better understanding of life in Ugandan.