Yesterday, we told the students that Jason would be teaching them about portrait photography today. So, we asked the students to wear something that they would like to be photographed in – to dress in way that they felt truly represents who they are. Friday being a big prayer day, here in a predominantly Muslim country, many Gambians wear very traditional outfits. What most of the girls turned up was their take on the traditional outfit – African prints with a Western twist. The style and colors were couldn’t have been better for the photographs that they took of each other!
I’ve been documenting Jason over the last couple of days – him working with the students – and, I’ve pulled together just a few of these images and made an album for our Photos Tells Stories Facebook page, which you can check out here.
We’ll be showcasing the work of our students over the coming days – we definitely have more than one or two budding photographers in the classroom.
Late night edits for Mr Florio. We are seeing some fine work from our Gambian students on their first day of Photos Tell Stories. These kids are catching on fast – taking on board what Jason explained to them about composition and technique, before we handed over the cameras to them yesterday.
Today Jason will be teaching the art of portrait photography – with each student photographing each other. Tonight, Jason and I will no doubt have another late night of uploading and looking at the students images produced today, so that we can cover editing with them in tomorrows class.
If yesterdays work, from the students, is anything to go by, we look forward to another late night!
Jason Florio started with a brief history of photography by showing the students various photographers work, throughout the decades. He covered studio and environmental portraiture, landscape, and the power of telling stories through reportage and documentary photography; along with exploring photographic techniques with the students.
Jason also included work from our contributing professional photographers – many of whom graciously provided us with images that represent ‘home‘. As an assignment, we will be sending the students home with their cameras tomorrow to produce work that represents ‘home‘ to them. It will be interesting to see what they come back with.
We both really enjoyed our first day with the students – they were curious, engaged, and eager to learn – and, looking at the work they have produced so far, there are definitely one or two who appear to have a natural talent with the camera. More on that soon…
Tomorrow we’ll be looking at portraiture photography, in a formal setting, with the students taking portraits of each other. So, please check back again to see how they get on.
Venue sorted – the YMCA, Gambia – and now thanks for the heads-up from Peace Corps volunteer, Justin Jewett, about ‘Omar’s Peace Corp Kitchen‘, we have a cook for our Gambian students, during their Photos Tell Stories photography workshop. We’re looking forward to Omar’s chicken yassa for lunch tomorrow – we’ve heard only great things about his cooking!