Some of my senior photography class on a field trip to the neighbouring village. Nice, kind, intelligent, funny boys…incredible considering the start they had in life. Some of their work from that day below:
Dalayya, Santosh, Harsha, mvp, Syam, Ravi Teja, Daniel – the pose was all their idea
Actually the boys manage to take photos i would never get. I do seriously instruct them about being respectful about taking photos and to never take one if someone seems uncomfortable. Being local boys they wander in and out of houses (asking first of course) effortlessly…i am always reticent…
I would also like to single out this shot taken by Dalayya, also my student from last year. Sometimes i would let him keep the camera overnight. He lives in the Lake Home with the other older boys and he came back with this photo which blew me away. It is like something out of a Scorcese movie and gives something of the atmosphere of how it must be to live in this house with these boys. He did not really understand why i liked it so much and he consistently took great photos but this one is my absolute favourite…
The orphanage kids go their own purpose built school from kindergarten all the way till they leave or go to college. There are around 1000 kids in total, 500 from the orphanage, and around the same from local villages.
Anyway, my classes started and they were huge in number, i was shocked to see around 40 kids trooping into my class room for the first lesson.
Impossible to deal with so many or even to hold their attention (10 – 13 years old) so then i had to do the horrible thing of getting them all to do some drawing for me and then made a selection of around 15 per class based on enthusiasm and some ability….arghh it was horrible, i felt like the grim reaper walking round making my selection. In the end its for the best though as with smaller classes i can give much more attention to the students individually…god the anxiety…what if i knocked back a budding genius…???anyway, went through this procedure with 2 groups…2 more to go…
This afternoon photography class with the older group, only 3 of my former students from last year are in it, lots of new faces and this year many more girls than boys (there is a reason for this which i will go into later). Already a couple of pretty decent shots were taken…
Did this with my photography students. Good job some small kids happened by, they were perfect for the squiggly bit in Q and J. Hours of fun…anyway, i uploaded it to all their computers so now they can write with it.
Here are some photos taken by the students during the field trip a couple of days back:
This is my favourite, firstly i think it is really well composed, but mostly, because Raja spotted it in such a busy landscape.