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photography and empowerment

I have a love for photography. My parents said I started since I discovered an old film camera at the age of 6. In the years that followed they spent a pretty penny or two or three on developing my amateur pictures but never complained. Finally, digital cameras became available to the Guyanese population and they started saving - SOMEWHAT! I need a computer to upload the images to and process before printing.

Anyways, it's more than 20 years later (gosh I'm old!) and I'm still into it. For those of you who have read a post or two from me you would have noticed that they are accompanied by pictures. I think that adding an appropriate image to a post can help to give direction a bit more as it will add to the story.

The picture I choose to use in this post - it's a simple portrait of my maternal grandmother. She's 81 years and still plays badminton with us on the days that it doesn't rain and her arthritis doesn't act up. We'll play cards with her and when playing 'cheat' her voice is normally the loudest. Don't every think you'll win in chinese checkers because she'll eat you alive. Apart from the fun aspects, she is an amazing storyteller. I've learn so much about my heritage and history from her. She is an inspiration of a strong women and we love her dearly. I don't think I could have capture her beauty in words sufficiently as I did in this picture. When I look at the image I feel so many things...

How many of you are into photography and think it can be used for empowerment? What kind of images have you captured or think about capturing? How many of you have questions about photography (feel free to ask!)?

Just thought I'd bring this up as it's something I love and I really do believe that a picture can tell a thousand words. Afterall, it is a multimedia platform and the more ways you can represent a story then the possibility of a larger audience exists because it'll appeal to so many more peopel.

Love
TJ

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I am the artistic director of Price of Silence Theatre in New York City. One of our conceptualizing choreographers, Nandanie, is actually from Guyana. If you take pictures of women and men holding signs that read "Price of Silence," we will post them on our facebook blog, and use them in other media. Our theatre company produces shows which illuminate the global struggle for women's rights, and we like to create the idea of connection between audience members and people around the world, to show that we are connected through our common humanity. I will post a youtube vid below of our work, and you can email us at pos.theatre@gmail.com.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSK_b97Wsw8

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Good Morning. I'll check it

Good Morning.

I'll check it out and get back to you about this. Sounds interesting. I'll probably need some more back information and specifics of where and how the pictures will be used. Let me get some pressing work out of the way and I'll sit and think it through and send you a message.

TJ

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Hi

I love your article. I love your picture of your maternal grandmother. Badminton, cards. She is amazing! I want her for my grandmother. Love her face too. You have a great talent which is exceeded only by your heart.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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Thank you for you kind words

Thank you for you kind words Wendy! :D If you're every in Guyana (South America) please pop in and I'll lend you to hrer for a bit! :D

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Haha

Haha! You've got a deal !

Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

I love this! Yes, photography is such a great medium for so many things! I have used it to aid children who can't speak be understood. I want to know how to be a better photographer, actually. I'm always seeing images I'd love to frame with a lens. See my post, as I wrote a little about seeing the world through different lenses: http://worldpulse.com/node/66864

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

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I'll take a read in a bit :)

I'll take a read in a bit :) Let's start that photography group already! :) That would be a good space to exchange ideas for taking better photos and sharing our combined knowledge!

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Group Created!

Good Morning All

For those of you who have expressed an interest in a photography group, please be advised that I've created one here on World Pulse

Name: Photography and Empowerment
URL: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/72095

Looking forward to having you join and let's continue the discussions there :)

Love
TJ

Thank you for taking the initiative with creating this group. I hope many will take advantage of it, and that we can learn from each other.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
Sister-Mentor
@CaliGalMichelle
facebook.com/caligalmichelle

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Hi, TJ, I am joining you and

Hi, TJ, I am joining you and so pleased that you have taken the lead!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

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Thank you and feel free to

Thank you and feel free to jump right in!

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