Whether it was a catastrophic world event or a vivid family memory, at some point in our lives, we have all seen the power of photography.
Photography, the use of images to portray one’s reality and tell a story, is a form of creative expression. It constitutes a language, a language without words that is universally understood. A single image has the ability to transcend cultural and geographic boundaries by placing emphasis on human emotions. They emotions connect us to one another and help us understand one another. For this, photography can promote social awareness.
Due to its ability to connect people from different backgrounds, learning photography in a group, specifically victims of trauma, can be therapeutic. Workshops in photography provide the opportunity for all members to share, their stories and their memories through images and receive the support and attention of the other members.
Sharing this experience with one another helps participants discover that even though they have different experiences with violence, there are similarities that show them that they are not alone. Together, they can overcome the past and their previous struggles and focus on the future. They can discover their capacity to improve their lives by developing their own voice and raising their self-esteem.
Thus, photography workshops create a space of trust and confidence, of support and empowerment, for the members of the group.