In case you missed it, here’s last week’s feature on SABC3’s Ex Frontiers! It gives a great overview of our Ibali Photo Collective, a photography workshop program that teaches photography to youth in underprivileged communities of Cape Town. It’s a collaboration of Penda Trust and photographer Dave Fisher.
Have a look! It’s the first 7 minutes of the clip. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/exfrontiersfeature
South Africa is a country of huge potential but also of immense need. The youth of South Africa reflect this dynamic; many live in challenging circumstances and don’t have the opportunity to see beyond their immediate environment. When given the opportunity, these same young people have great potential to succeed, to see their lives and their world in a different perspective, and to positively impact their community.
Photography is a powerful tool in assisting an individual to engage in a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. The primary purpose of Ibali, which means ‘story’ in Xhosa, is to empower young people by teaching them basic photography skills, creating a space for creative expression, and offering ongoing personal mentorship. In addition, their photography has the power to positively impact the broader community by creating awareness of social issues through the eyes of young people. Their images can start conversations that inspire these youths and their community members to bring about solutions to some of the challenges they face.