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Not Just Taking Photos, But Also Giving Them Away
Portrait Equality is not just about taking photos, but also giving them away. The idea to share photos with those less fortunate who do not have access to modern gadgets such as cameras came to Tasmin Brown and her husband Dan, whilst travelling through Papua New Guinea in 2010.
A Sydney based photographer, Tasmin had brought with her a new Instax instant camera. Her first photo was that of a bus driver who took them across the Highlands. He explained that because of his job he only sees his family every few months and proudly showed Tasmin & Dan a couple of beaten and torn photos of his children. Tasmin didn't hesitate and took a photo of the driver standing in front of his bus, so he could give it to his children.
Later that day, more opportunities to share their Instax camera photos came when they took pictures of mothers with their young children. This created quite a stir amongst the locals as the images slowly developed right in front of their eyes.
When they returned from their trip Tasmin & Dan set up a non-profit organisation that loans instant cameras along with packets of film to photographers travelling to developing nations and remote communities, so they can also provide photos to local people.
Portrait Equality's 2nd exhibition will feature the photographers' images and also aim to raise money to further their work, so that more disadvantaged families have the opportunity to keep their memories alive.
The evening promises to be an exciting one. It will feature an opening by Louise Hawson, Sydney photographer and author of 52 Suburbs and 52 Suburbs Around The World as well as a number of photographers whose photos will be on display.
nice - I won't make it there - but there have been great examples of giving kids a camera to see what they photograph - and they've come back with wonderful unique perspective - viz the kids photos in Sydney recently where one kid found a face on the side of the Sydney Opera House - no adult probably ever noticed before ... !