Throughout November I have been supporting the Babylon Migrants Project as part of their “Community through Creativity” programme by volunteering to run a series of Photography workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
Babylon Project is a Community Interest Company which runs creative activities by and for young people from refugee, asylum seeking and migrant backgrounds. They provide a safe and welcoming environment in which young people can take part in creative activities such as drama, storytelling, filmmaking, and art.
Their activities aim to address the disadvantage and exclusion experienced by refugees and asylum seekers living in the UK, boosting young people’s confidence, and providing them with the necessary tools to express themselves.
My series of workshops presented photography as a form of expression, to show others what is going on in your life. In the first week I set “homework” (for those that wanted to take part) of photographing their lives. The following week we reviewed the pictures together.
I covered a few technical fundamentals such as using available light to your advantage but am a big believer that there shouldn’t be any rules when it comes to the composition. What makes or does not make a “good” photograph is often down to a lack of understanding from the viewer. We explored portraiture with a studio set up, where everyone who wanted to have their portrait captured received digital copies.
I want to thank the incredible team at Babylon Project for asking me to host the workshops and I look forward to collaborating with you more in the future.
You can help the Babylon Project to continue providing these important opportunities for young people in our community. Every donation, no matter how big or small, can make a huge difference in the lives of these young people. Please give what you can.