THROUGH THE PEOPLE'S LENS

 

I had the opportunity to work in this fantastic project delivering a series of photography workshops in Africa and South America, I worked very close to different communities that are at the grassroots of development, this project gives voice to a range of perspectives on what is working and why. The photo stories created by these grassroots photographers will complement wider research and in-depth analysis undertaken by the Overseas Development Institute to better understand and thereby improve development progress.

For more info about my work in this project please visit: www.developmentprogress.org/photography

Showreel by Shell Coe. http://www.shellcoe.com

Focus issue: Political voice.

Grace lives in a district of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Supported by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, Grace created a photo story that explores how local community members mobilised to bring about change in local attitudes and practices around waste disposal.

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Nelson is a resident of Virgen de la Candelaria, a slum settlement on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Nelson participated in workshops run by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, and was supported to create a photo story that shared his perspectives and experiences around the factors affecting quality of life for slum residents.

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Santos is the Community Leader in Virgen de la Candelaria, the slum settlement on the outskirts of Lima where PhotoVoice workshops were run by facilitator Miguel Smithen. In his photo story Santos reflects on how the community has developed since becoming established in 2007.

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Jesusa is a resident of Villa Maria del Triunfo, Lima. As a participant of Development Progress Peru she was supported by PhotoVoice facilitator Miguel Smithen to create a photo story exploring her experience of life in one of the poorest urban areas in the world. 

 

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Brayan and Daniel are cousins living in Villa Maria del Triunfo, Lima. Trained by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, they worked together to create a story about the introduction of electricity to their community.

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Jessica is a resident of Virgen de la Candelaria, a slum settlement on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Supported by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, Jessica created a photo story to portray how work by the community, government and NGOs is having an impact on quality of life for slum residents. 

Focus issue: Political voice

Eileen is a resident of Accra, capital of Ghana. In her photo story, developed with support from PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, she looks at how residents of Ghana are feeling able to speak freely about politics, and about their opinions about how aspects of the country could be improved.

Focus issue: Political voice

Aduku Matilda lives with her family in Walewale, a rural area of Northern Ghana. Supported by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, she has created a photo story to share her first-hand experience of political voice from community.

Focus issue: Urban poverty

Ana Rosa Caja is a resident of Virgen de la Candelaria, a slum settlement on the outskirts of Lima. Having participated in photography workshops run by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, she created a photo story that explains how the community have worked together and with support from companies and NGOs to improve roads and paths, and the impact this has had on quality of life.

Focus issue: Political voice

Albert is a retired NCCE Civic Education Officer living in Walewale, rural Ghana. Supported by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, he created a photo story that reflects on the big changes to political freedom he has seen in his lifetime.

Focus issue: Political voice

Jobila works for the NCCE - National Commission for Civic Education (Ghana). he is responsible for engaging citizens around using political voice in a peaceful and constructive way. Having participated in training by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, he created a photo story about how the development of a local market has been affected by use of political voice by community members.

Focus issue: Political voice

Can Tamakloe is a poet living in Accra, Ghana's capital. After taking part in photography workshops run by PhotoVoice's Miguel Amortegui, he decided to create a photo story that illustrated a poem about the lifestyle and attitudes of Ghanaians today.