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    One hundred cameras

    A view days ago I became aware of the 100cameras photography project through a popular podcast. The project described itself as

    a nonprofit organization that identifies children living in unjust conditions and gives them cameras to document their lives.

    Their photo narratives are used to raise awareness and capital to meet physical needs and empower sustainable growth within their community.

    100cameras believes that children should be both heard and defended. Photography is the vehicle that both carries their voice across borders and raises funds to better their communities.

    When you purchase one of the children's prints, 100percent of that money is given back to the partner organization.

    Doing good for others in less privileged circumstances is commendable. Or so it seems. Yes, - giving children the opportunity to discover photography, to create images of their worlds, even to learn a skill is beyond question a worthy intention. Good work in this direction has been demonstrated by PhotoVoice over the last ten years.

    But niggling questions remain about 100cameras. Is it right to sell the creative work of children to well off consumers thousands of miles away? Are children in "unjust conditions" coming any closer to justice through publication of their experiences in image making? Is this project assuming that no voices and photographers exist already wanting to "be heard and defended"?

    100cameras links the context of these photographs intrinsically to a commercial transaction. When is aid given and when is an unjust condition exploited?

    Three video clips worth pondering about:

    1. A promotional video from 100cameras
    2. A promotional video from PhotoVoice
    3. A trailer for Renzo Martens' work entitled "Enjoy Poverty"

    I let you make up your own mind. If you have an opinion, please leave a comment below.

    Xmas

    A very happy Christmas to all of you wherever you are!

    Hope you get to chill & ponder life for a while.
    Much Love to All
    c|:-)

    Marcus

    SOTM meets unlikeness

    I spent a lovely afternoon with Mario from Someone Once Told Me (SOTM). Maro started his project in 2006 and has built up an amazing catalogue of over a thousand images, posting one new photograph every day. I blogged earlier about it including a video here.

    Today we met and took photographs of each other.

    As it turns out we have a number of friends in common and I look forward to meeting Mario again soon. I'll also blog again, once my SOTM goes up.

    TopSpot

    Google now thinks we should be clicked on first when someone looks for unlikeness. Well for the moment at least...

    funproject meets unlikeness

    Six weeks ago, Isaac came to our unlikeness session on Broadway Market. Isaac believes that Fun is one of the most crucial elements in maintaining a positive lifestyle. Isaac and Àlex have put this fun video together:

    I'm well chuffed and grateful for all the energy Isaac and the funproject team have poured into this clip.

    From the funproject.org website:

    Smiling and laughing not only improves our feelings and moods, but also reduces stress and strengthens our immune system.

    Fun is also a highly contagious social activity, and when experienced with others, it can have direct benefits on those around you and bring you closer together.

    Funproject promotes a world where people develop an open, optimistic and joyful attitude about life. Through this fun attitude, social ties are strengthened and cultures become more connected, as people are able to remain creative, spontaneous and interactive.

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