Cameras for Asia has been running photographic workshops in Asia in places like Burma/Myanmar, India and Nepal since 2009 and leaving behind donated digital cameras with the aim of educating, equipping and encouraging participants. The cameras come mostly from Queenslanders, but some have come from other states and even as far away as Italy and Spain. Many of the participants in the workshops are from disadvantaged backgrounds, some have disabilities and many have never even held a camera before but the images they have taken offer quite a window into their own world and the rapid changes taking place. To date about 120 cameras have been taken to Asia and about 560 people taught basic photography, some on repeat visits.
Cameras for Asia sells some of the participants’ images in the form of greeting cards and prints and half of these sales go directly to the centre they come from. The other half, plus the sales of the photographic calendars, raise money directly to keep the program going.
For more information or to find out what camera equipment is needed, please see https://www.facebook.com/CamerasForAsia/ or http://visitedplanet.com/cameras-for-asia/ or come and say hello on Saturday.