Duncan Raban came down to The Avenues Youth Project chaperoned by one of our past treasurers on his travels in the area. Duncan Raban was given a 1st class tour of the building and on visit to the photography workshop he took some pictures and gave the young people a sample of his personal skills in the studio.
“Duncan talks on photography and runs workshops designed to show how the camera can be a vehicle for starting conversations, understanding one another more profoundly and working together more effectively. You might even learn how to take better pictures!”
15 young people participated in a creative media project which was based on the participants learning media skills and capturing the lead up to the Olympics based around the Olympic values, Respect, Excellence, Equality, determination, friendship, inspiration, courage.
The main aim of the session was for them to work in groups and pitched their ideas on locations for interviews and took photos to capture the lead up to the Olympics.
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The project began pretty slowly and as the young people understood the deliverables required for the session to run, they became more interested in contributing to the project. The session was split into two groups allowing the young people to work on a subject they were willing to participate in, as some of the young people weren’t interested in the first initial idea.
Giving the young people examples of comic strips created using photography, gave them an insight to what potentially can be produced. This also increased their interest in making it easy for them to come up with creative ideas.
Towards the final stages of the project, the interest slightly dropped but a couple of young people took the project into their own hands and completed it.
I am very pleased with the finished results of the two comic strips and believe that a third of the group who have shown commitment and responsibilities have a lot of potential to unleash within. With the right support and an extra push in the right direction, the young people can aspire to great things as the ideas they express are close to industry standard.