We are therefore always looking for new opportunities to support our children’s artistic self-expression through avenues such as music, art, dance, and play.
Recently ten of our young people living at the Blue Skies Ger Village participated in a two-day photography workshop led by talented photographer Billy Macrae >> www.billymacrae.com<<
Here is Billy’s account of his time with our children...
The workshop was an idea I had come up with jointly alongside Lucy and Tom, who work at the CNCF office here. I have taught photography in the UK for several years at a variety of levels, so we thought it would be a fun and interesting idea for the kids at the ger village to have a go - and how right we were!
I led two days of workshops at the village, during which I was assisted by Baysaa, a former ger village child currently working for the Foundation whilst on her summer holidays from university.
The two days went roughly as follows:
The day went very well indeed, I thought. I was struck by how attentive the children were, and how they patiently listened to each other's ideas about the photographs. When it came to actually using the cameras, I thought they were thoughtful, and genuinely tried to construct interesting pictures using the cameras we had provided them with. I was very happy with how the day went.
Again, I was amazed at how well the day went. When Baysaa and I presented the children with the images they had created in the previous session, their eyes lit up, and I could see how happy and engaged with the subject they were, which was lovely to be a part of.
In the afternoon session, the children really seemed to enjoy framing up their pictures, and finally they were all very patient while we hung the pictures inside the Ger.
We ended the two sessions by getting the children to invite all of their friends into the classroom ger, to show them their exhibition. The children that had been part of the workshop seemed so proud of their work, and the others that had not been part of the workshops up until that point respectfully appreciated their work whilst having a little laugh and joke with them over some of the funny images! It was a fantastic end to the day, and really rewarding for myself and Baysaa, who had done a brilliant job translating for me over the two days.
...thank you Billy for helping us to make it a good one!