By her 14th birthday, Chloe had witnessed first hand the social deprivation, sporadic violence and brutal turf wars that were part and parcel of life on her estate. It was against this background she came in touch with ‘Take Aim. Shoot!’. She describes her experience of the programme.
“‘Take Aim. Shoot!’ relates to my life. It let me meet up with other young people who are similar to me and could relate with me in my hard and good times, and it felt good learning together”.
“At the beginning I wasn't too interested because photography is not something I wanted to do or learn. But I was wrong, taking part made me understand how I could observe where I live in a positive way. It was fun and educational and something I can now share with my friends.”
“I learnt a lot about cameras too - aperture, shutter speed and ISO, I didn't even know they existed in a camera”. The project focused on my using the camera to document my estate and the surrounding area, which I am now continuing to do as a further six month project.”
“Photography has taught me how to be patient and focus to get the result I want, I now have a camera that I can use to document and hopefully in the future become a photographer.”
Positive View supports the activities of PhotoVoice, which works in the UK and overseas with individuals, local communities and partner organizations. PhotoVoice designs and delivers tailor-made participatory photography, digital storytelling and self-advocacy projects which enables individuals and communities to speak for themselves about their experiences and perspectives.
Some of PhotoVoice's recent projects have included 'Having Our Say Too', which supported young people affected by sexual exploitation. Participants represented their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography, text and music, creating their own digital stories. New and innovative toolkits developed through this project are being used by Barnardo’s and NSPCC.
PhotoVoice's developing projects will be using participatory photography to build positive opportunities for young men under 24 who are affected by sexual exploitation and trafficking.
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