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'Life Through The Lens'

Life Through The Lens is a  two week photography course for boys from 'The Boys Destitute Home Rajasthan'.  We are looking for people interested in helping teach in the workshops.

The ‘Life through the Lens’ Participatory Photography Project is organised by the UK registered charity Basti Ram (No: 1137644).  The project was developed to give young people from a developing country the chance to show their lives, to the world, in an honest and uplifting way.

Too often we see ‘poor’ people’s lives through the eyes of Western photographers who, even with the best of intentions, are often biased in the way they see. Too often, poverty looks hopeless and defeated.

This project aims to offer a new perspective. It strives to demonstrate that young people living in deprived circumstances (in this case, boys from the Boys Destitute Home in Rajasthan, India); can have strength and passion for their surroundings and their lives. In the images the boys create, they depict their own lives and interests, and enhance them with their own written
observations and represent themselves.

By mentoring the boys through the basics of photography, the self-funded volunteers who join this project offer the foundation for a new skill set. Such new skills can provide a genuine alternative to the hazardous occupations many boys face once they are 18, such as mining in local marble mines. With an alternative set of skills and a good command of the English language, the boys are now in a much more favourable position to find work in the booming local tourist industry.

One of ex-volunteers, Lucy Milson-Watkins captured her experience and the essence of the project on film.  Lucy’s short film can be viewed online here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d66HpNaApg.

Our 'Life through the Lens' projects are two weeks in length and to note there is a project fee. They combine teaching village primary school children with running photography workshops for boys living in a destitute boy's home in India.

To see more on the project and some of the boy’s photograph’s then visit our dedicated blog: http://lifethroughthelensbastiram2012.blogspot.co.uk/

For more information and to request an info pack contact - bryony.bastirmam@gmail.com

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