The YWCA of Canberra partnered with PhotoAccess for the second time to host a program began in 2011 when Ben Kane, youth worker at the YWCA of Canberra, was inspired by a documentary about children in Calcutta’s red light district to get some of Canberra’s more disadvantaged young people involved in photography.
Young people from Erindale College’s “Big Picture Academy” worked with the help of PhotoAccess show provided their resources and time, teaching the participants the process of black and white film development and printing.
This time the works capture figures at the Kingston Foreshore and reflect the participants’ response to that landscape. PhotoAccess teacher, Sean Davy, explains, “It was great to see such a growth in self-confidence among participants over the eight weeks, and to see them tackle something they had never tried before with such an open mind.”
He explained that the participants were given the opportunity to see photographic galleries throughout Canberra, possibly sparking an interest among them that will lead to tertiary studies and careers.
Rebecca Vassarotti from the YWCA of Canberra said “The Pictures of Life program was incredibly successful the first time we ran it, and so we were delighted to be able to offer this unique creative opportunity to a second cohort of students. We hope we’ll be able to continue to do so again.”
“Pictures of Life” at Erindale College Library, McBryde St, Wanniassa, until December 15, 10am to 5.30pm.