28 October 2012

Inyanda Youth Project part 2

I've just finished editing the shots from my two days shooting in Phillipi. Here are a few extra's I liked from the final selection.

Working the look for camera

In a small waiting room hopefuls prepare themselves for the audition

Sharing some music before taking the stage

The smile on a girls face after being told she has been accepted

26 October 2012

Inyanda Youth Project

I have just finished shooting a two day project helping a fellow photographer Sally Mellish cover an event held by the Inyanda Youth Project in Phillipi, Cape Town. This youth project was designed to create social cohesion between the youth in impoverished areas through sports, art and culture.

This workshop invited individuals from the community with a strong interest in the performing arts to take part in a two day program culminating with an opportunity to audition for a place in a four month intensive performance course. The raw talent and energy of the participants moved and saddened me as many recounted real life stories of pain and hardship.

Here are a few selects from the shoot.

In an empty classroom in a government school in the township of Phillipi, hopeful youth meet with Inyanda Youth Project facilitators.

Participants come from a number of different townships surrounding and including Phillipi, all signing up for an opportunity to be selected for the four month intensive training course

For many a chance to take part in such a training program is a step towards reaching a dream, a step closer to escaping a life with little opportunity.

Some performers gather to discuss final details of a group performance before presenting to the judges

Inyanda facilitators give instruction on delivering real, convincing and emotive performances

Many of the performances by participants included stories and themes from real life experiences, here emotions were not acted but simply expressed, and felt by everyone watching.

17 October 2012

Video work in Liberia

Earlier this year I shot some video for Vital Voices as part of their yearly Global Leadership Awards, where they honor women making positive change in the world. I dont normally shoot video but luckily with the help of a great director and other awesome people on the shoot everything went really smoothly. So here is the clip, most video shot by me and a few of the stills too.

as a bit of background info on Rosana...

'Rosana is the founder of Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK, Inc.), a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services such as shelter, medical care, counseling, academic classes and life-skills training for former girl soldiers and 'war wives' in Liberia. THINK's Rehabilitation Homes accommodate 25 girls in addition to ten of the girls' children under the age of five for a nine-month cycle of care.'

To find out more check out Rosana's website  http://thinkliberia.com/
or go see some of the work of Vital Voices at http://vitalvoices.org/