Using a camera, Canadian not only helps to expose social injustices, but helps feed those in need in Morocco
Story by Brynn Campbell
As an avid traveller, I have had the privilege of experiencing many different cultures, and global affairs. This travel was the inspiration behind my career choice of photojournalism.
Having always had a passion for social activism through visual art, photojournalism has been the ultimate expression of this desire.
My travels have taken me to 19 different countries including India, Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, and Morocco, where I have gained both global, and local perspectives of social injustices.
I have had the opportunity to work on photo essays, and multi-media videos with several subjects who are from marginalized populations.
Through my camera, I have the capability to express, and expose injustices that otherwise may not be seen.
With a passion for helping others, my main philosophy is that we are all equals, and everyone has the same basic human rights. Ignoring, or overlooking social injustice is a denial of human rights, and stifles progress.
Being a photojournalist, I have the opportunity provoke change, and help people in need by exposing their situations.
Currently residing in Morocco, I have started my own charity, www.helpustohelp.ca where job opportunities are created for people in vulnerable situations to feed others.
The idea for this project came from wanting to work with people who live in marginalized situations in Morocco, and help empower them through helping others.
Every second week, we organize a lunch to feed a group of people. We pay two individuals who live in difficult circumstances a small fee, to help with shopping for food, and to create photographs, and video.
We let the employees use some of our cameras for the video, and photography promotion of the project, while they develop their own set of skills.
We have also taught a few documentary photography workshops with local women to help improve their photography, and learn what makes a great photograph. We then find people within the community, either through various organizations or families, to help buy food, and make their life just a little bit easier. Establishing a relationship first, we find out what they need, then buy about a week's worth of groceries for whomever we are working with.
In this way, 'Aidez nous a Aider' (translating to ‘Help us to help’ from French) creates job opportunities within the community, and helps to provide food to those who may not otherwise have access.
We also document the meal preparation, and distribution to use for promotional and fundraising purposes. Our photography, and videos are a way to support our project, and give the people who make donations to our project a better understanding as to where their money is going towards.
Without the use of a camera, our project would be non-existent.
In the spring of 2015, we had 20 disposable cameras donated to the project, with each person we were providing the lunches for given a camera, and two weeks to take some of their best photographs.
We hosted two small exhibits in Toronto, Canada, showcasing some of the photographs, and raising awareness about the work we have been doing. With one hundred percent of the donations going directly towards our project, the money we raise through various grass roots methods help our project survive.
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