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First youth workshops at Bundiyarra

Posted by Chris Williams

Written by Sonal Kantaria.

Visiting places of meaning in the FIVE Geraldton youth project, part of the photo narrative workshops with Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal CorporationVisiting places of meaning in the FIVE Geraldton youth project, part of the photo narrative workshops with Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation

The pre-workshop session took place on Tuesday afternoon at the Geraldton Aboriginal Streetwork Corporation in Bundiyarra. There were six enthusiastic and lively young people who joined the workshop, all of whom were between the ages of 13 and 15 and of Aboriginal descent.  

The aim of the workshop was for the young people to turn the camera on themselves and look at themselves through self-portraits and relationship with place, which over time can be seen as a kind of visual autobiography.

We began the workshop with describing ourselves using one word with a range of answers from happy to hipster to smiley. After this, we explored the idea of individual person to their immediate landscape and surroundings. The point of reference wasa body of work, Traces, which I undertook last year on the subject of the Indian diaspora in Australia and connected with the idea of person to landscape.

I asked the young people to name a place which resonated with them; this could be somewhere that they spent a lot of time or that was significant to them. Again, the answers were varied ranging from the Foreshore to the Jetty to the Stadium. 

Later, we visited the specific places that had been identified, in order to take portraits of the young people and relate to the landscape. We experimented with location, composition, lighting and other aspects of photographic narrative.

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