When I was asked to be involved in a project to teach people photography, my immediate answer was, of course, yes! This project was particularly special as I was invited to teach a group from the Roma community in Glasgow how to take pictures. Previous to having my photography business I worked as a Training Consultant, which involved writing courses, delivering them and working with a team of people to allow then to effectively use new software or to facilitate team building etc, so it felt very natural to write a training course.
I really enjoyed creating the Introduction to Photography course and hope that I get to do this again as there is something special about teaching a person a skill that they didn't have before - especially when you can see the immediate results of their learning through their pictures.
Of course I was nervous, the pictures taken by my students would be used in an exhibition in Glasgow, and used by the Roma Matrix organisation around the world!! Pictures had to be clear and in focus - no place for blurry images here! I am delighted to say that on 27th November 2014, the exhibition opened in the Govanhill Library.... I was there, and my heart was bursting with pride when I saw all the pictures that my students had taken. A huge thank you to Kenny Fulton and Maria Jurcova who really made this project come to life in a very short time frame and encouraged the students with their photos.
You are all very welcome to visit the exhibition, as it will be on show well into 2015, here is a sneak peek.....