LOOK AT US
Too often we think about telling stories with words alone. We forget the power of images to communicate where language may seem inadequate.
The grade nine students at Global Pathways School in Chettipalayam, India, spent a week learning how to take pictures. For many of them it was their first time using a camera. In photography, some found a voice they didn’t know they had. The camera gave them license to go to new places in their village. They noticed things they hadn’t before. They engaged with lifelong neighbours for the first time. Some even said the camera made them feel strong.
This talented group of students started to look at life in new ways. Throughout this phenomenal journey they produced images that allow us to see their community through their eyes. It is an intimate experience only they could have created. This is what they saw.
The red cotton saree hangs from the Neem tree and cradles Dhanshika, an 8-month baby girl. Her sister kisses the baby as she sleeps in Anna Nagar.
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A man from Kalaignar Nagar plays with his pet goat in the early hours on a Saturday morning. While they were playing, the goat became defensive and tried to protect itself by jumping in the air at the man.
Poornitha is reading her math book. Hari Haran wakes Shakthi while he reads his GK book. The pink colour net protects them from mosquitoes. They’ll share their bed with each other in Chettipalayam, Coimbatore. They are brothers and sisters.
A man on a motorbike and a boy named Shriram race each other. They do this every morning for fun.
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The Christian people of Kalaignar Nagar worship God in church on Sunday morning. They are respecting their God as they come together for prayer in the only church in the settlement.