Photography is an art.
Photography is a skill.
Photography is a form of communication.
A single picture can tell a story that crosses cultural and linguistic boundaries. It can evoke emotion or engagement (think National Geographic, Afghan refugee), freeze a moment in history (think WWII), or even start a revolution (think Arab Spring).
Pictures tell stories, not only about what is within the frame, but also about those behind the camera. What we, as photographers, choose to focus on, include, or not include in an image says a lot about who is behind the camera.
Recently, 70 sponsored children from three World Vision Area Development Programs in Mexico were given some basic photography training, a camera and the chance to tell their community’s story through their own lens. Their assignment: “show the other side of being a child: not poor, not indigenous, but a happy child.”
These are some of their images.
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Photo by Ivan Sanchez, 16. | Through our lens -- Mexico.
Photo by Gerardo Torres, 14. | Through our lens -- Mexico.
Photo by Julissa Xicahua, 15. | Through our lens -- Mexico.
Photo by Misael Santiago Cruz, 14. | Through our lens -- Mexico.
In Mexico, 70 sponsored children participate in a photography workshop with the objective to capture "the other side of being a child."
Giving kids the power and the tools to tell their story through images is just one way World Vision is helping to build a better world for children—one photo at a time.