There are 23 images in this galleryThu, 30/10/2008 - 14:48
These pictures were taken by some kids in Las Limas. The idea of the workshop was to give them the chance to use photography as a tool for self-expression so that they can show others how they live, what their problems are, what they are.
The kids were chosen by the members of the autonomous council. Due to the lack of time and recruitment it was just possible to undertake the workshop with 6 children, 3 male and 3 female, and they are just a representation of all the youngsters that live in the community. They are the future of the community so it is important to know and see how they see things.
The first day of the workshop I gave a short basic class of photography, explained to them how to use a camera, how to hold it, what composition and point of view are and how through these elements you can create images. The main goal was to teach them how important it is to know first what you want to photograph before you press the shutter. We talked about how they lived, how people see them out of their world and what they want to tell to the world. The main issues for them were the situation of their houses, the lack of water, of health and education. Each child chose a field of work from the milpa, the piece of land where they plant the corn and beans that is the main indigenous diet, the school, their houses, their environment and family.
It was a short period of time and I had wished to spend more time with them. However it was a great experience and both of us enjoyed and learned a lot. I hope people can see in these images what the kids were attempting to express, more than nice images are a message from them to us to see their world from their own point of view. I hope you enjoy them and they make you think.
Alicia Conde (aliciaconde.com)
There are 6 images in this gallerySat, 29/11/2008 - 11:45
There are 25 images in this galleryThu, 30/10/2008 - 14:58
The photos were taken at the fiesta to celebrate the twinning of the Edinburgh Chiapas group with the "16th de Febrero". Over 300 people attended the celebrations, many travelling, for up to 5 hours on foot, from some of the other 30-40 villages in the municipality. A report on the festival at which these photos were taken is here.
There are 12 images in this gallerySat, 05/09/2009 - 18:47