Youth in Action project, Action 1.1 “Photo Marathon” – Youth Exchange about using creative photography as a method for social inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities. As trans-national partnership this 8-day exchange includes organizations from Turkey, Lithuania, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria and Estonia. It will involve the active participation of 24 youth aged 18-25 coming together.
The main goal of our project is to improve creativity and increase knowledge, learning methods and experiences of participants with the help of photography, which they can use in everyday work for youth with educational difficulties (lower qualified persons) including them in active local community life.
The objectives are:
-to promote social inclusion as a most significant value working with youth with fewer opportunities – lower qualified people,
-to promote young people’s active citizenship,
-to develop skills of participants to become multipliers in their every day work with youth with fewer opportunities.
Target group on this Project is motivated young people that are ready to use new creative and photography techniques in youth work activities, working with discriminated and marginalized groups of youth, and young people that are actively involved in organization of any cultural and art manifestation, who wants to learn more about Creative Approaches Youth Work.
The project was designed in two main parts: “Theory and Practice”. For the theoretical activities we will share our own experiences and information with each other and in the practical sessions we will practice what we have done about these topics. We will have some photo actions and photo trips and we will take a lot of photos during these activities. At the end of project (in the last day) we will collect all the photos that we will take during the project and we will choose the best ones for the exhibition (we will publish the photos). In the last night of project we will invite local people and we will exhibit what we have done during the project to the local community. Also, we will use these photos in order to make a booklet for the project and we will post those booklets to you.
In the first day of the project we will do some activities in order to achieve the group dynamics and to build a team spirit.
In the second day, Turkish group (we ) will do the activities of the Project as you will be our guests in the beginning and for the other days of the Project you will have some duties. At night we will have some local guests (local photographer of our territory) and they will present us some shows about photography.
During the day we will deal with:
Hopes, Fears & Expectations
Course Intro -Time Table
Social Inclusion and Social Inclusion Factors
Human Rights & Cultural Factors
Introduction to Photography
In the third day of the project we will deal with
Photo Cafe (we will deal with the “Techniques and Tricks”)
How to’s (we will deal with how to use our cameras for an artistic way of photography)
Photography Tools (we will deal with the equipments of cameras and the other photography tools like objectives-tripods)
Social Inclusion Portraits (we will deal with stories of people and social life behind the viewfinder)
Practicing (we will practice what we have learned till that day)
And we will have traditional nights (Romania and Italy)
In the fourth day of the project we will deal with
Using Photo Reflectors (we will deal with photo reflectors and its effects to photography)
Human Stories and Reportage Photography
Concept Photography (we will decide about some concepts like “Food” and we will work for this concept)
The Life’s Behind the Viewfinder - Nature and Children (we will deal with the life’s of people especially the life’s of children and we will go to a village to take the photos of children)
And we will have traditional nights (Bulgaria and Estonia)
In the fifth day of the project we will deal with
Youth In Action Program Info
Macro Photography and The Details of Social Life (we will talk about macro photography and how important this technique for catching the details of social life)
Practicing (we will practice about macro photography)
Famous Photographers and Their Stories (we will have a video session about famous photographers and their stories)
Surrealism in Photography (we will do a workshop about surrealism in photography)
And we will have traditional nights (Lithuania and Turkey)
In the sixth day of the project we will have a photo trip to (Hasankeyf and Midyat) and we will visit and art gallery in Midyat. (You can check these ancient cities on the internet before you come to Turkey and also, I will send some info about these ancient cities). In the evening we will have a photography video night and we will watch a documentary film “War Photographer” This movie is about the a life of a famous photographer “James Nachtwey”
In the seventh day of the project we will deal with
Light Painting in Photography
And we will have the course evaluation part (also we will have some small evaluation sessions during the project). In the afternoon we will collect the photos that we have taken during the project and we will publish the selected photos for the exhibition. We will work for the exhibition during the afternoon and in the evening we will open our exhibition. After the exhibition we will have the farewell party.