Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Santiago 2-2013: Line, Shape + Form

  After each lesson, we head outside with our students to put the teaching into practice. The kids work independently for the most part, and we wander between them, to see if they really understood the class.  But it isn’t until we download their photos that we get a crystal clear picture of their grasp […]

Developing Change: Feeling the Shift

    If you’ve been following along here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter, we’ve been talking about the Developing Change exhibit for months. The exhibit, put on by the drkrm gallery in Los Angeles, opened this past Saturday. The drkrm gallery is housed in the oldest gallery in Chinatown, and thanks to some generous friends, we’re […]

Santiago 1-2013: A Look At Light

  It’s been a rough week out there. No matter what corner of the world has captured your heart, there has been hard news to take in this week.  Seems like a good moment to pause, to look at the world through the eyes of a handful of kids, and think about light.  In case […]

One class in, and I’m already calling it…

  Elizabeth is an artist.  She’s a painter, and does amazing paper collages that you’d swear are paintings. Yesterday afternoon, Elizabeth hung some of her artwork for an art event at her church.  She and another painter had just finished getting everything on the walls, when some kids wandered in.  And they said something like […]


STEP Picnic (2)

One of our friends in Slemani, who sat in on a few our workshop classes with STEP this summer, wanted to treat the students to a picnic. Kurds LOVE picnics! Needless to say, the boys (along with STEP manager Mr. Raheem and Heber’s family) had a great time. The image above is such a perfect […]

The Anniversary that feels like Christmas

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So, I was finally able to catch up on a few things today, including picking up the mail for ONE-SHOT. Really, it’s one of my favourite things to do, because the mail is full of the most carefully wrapped packages, filled with your old cameras bound for Kurdistan. It feels like Christmas every time! In […]

Happy 1st Anniversary!!

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What a ride! A year ago The ONE-SHOT Project was simply an idea, a dream. Today, ONE-SHOT is a reality. More than that, ONE-SHOT is a community!! No matter what role you’ve had in building this project, know that we’re grateful for you. You’ve helped to make something incredibly beautiful. Exciting things are coming in […]

Breaking the Fast

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For the handful of students participating in our “summer school”, we had a special assignment for them over the last couple weeks. They were able to keep a camera for 10 days, while they experienced the end of Ramadan. Our students were challenged to photograph the end of Ramadan… what it looked like and felt […]

A Safe Place to Land


This pair of birds is nesting on an air cooler duct, connected to a window in the room we used for classes this summer at the STEP Drop-In Center. I’d noticed them throughout the workshop, but the birds came to have a deep meaning for me. Mr. Raheem pointed them out one day. He said […]

Weekly Round-Up

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We showed you Rebaz’s work earlier this week, but we didn’t want you to miss the work of our other students. They are having a great time each week with their cameras!!

Being Seen: A Lesson in Presence from Rebaz


One of the most important skills that comes with practicing photography is learning to see the world in a different way. You begin to wake up, take notice, and really pay attention to the everyday things around us. Our students working in the bazaar are surrounded by a wide variety of people every day. Iraq […]

ONE-SHOT: Summer School


The 2012 Workshops are finished, the cameras and image files put away, and by Thursday all of our international volunteers will have returned home. But that’s not the end of ONE-SHOT 2012! Some of our students were so disappointed at the end of the classes, and so eager to learn, that we’re continuing to work […]

2012 Workshops: The Closing Ceremony

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Wow! I can’t believe it’s over! By the time we’d cleaned up from the closing ceremony last Saturday, tired and so very proud, we knew that this year’s workshops were a success. How could we be so sure? The proof was in an amazing exhibit of our students’ work, and the pride on their faces […]

‘A Lot of Imagination’

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The fine folks at Ethno Traveler have written a piece for their website on The ONE-SHOT Project. Check it out here.

2012 Workshop: Day 15


“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” —Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel I told this quote to the boys this afternoon, before going over their stories from yesterday. It speaks so […]

2012 Workshop: Day 13

By: Elsbeth Pijnappels Lucky number 13 that is, as I’m writing this post my kids are actually on a nice 2-day trip around the city. This means that in the last week of One-Shot I won’t see them again until Thursday, for the final day and it’s making me sad already! In the past few […]

2012 Workshop: Day 12

We structure every class to make sure our students have an opportunity to make photographs. It’s important that a photographer who makes portraits knows what it feels like to be photographed. A little empathy for your subject goes a long way! It also gives a lot of insight for directing your subject. Today, we made […]

2012 Workshop: Day 11


By: Agnes O’Hanlon When Heber announced that the boys could take their cameras home for the weekend, their faces immediately lit up and the room was suddenly transformed by their dynamic energies. Each of us is a creator of our own story, and it was so beautiful for us to see the excitement that the […]

2012 Workshop: Day 10

By Elsbeth Pijnappels It’s such a cliché expression but sometimes a picture says more than a thousand words. You can tell from the picture above that I had a great time today. And because today’s class was all about emotions, body language and facial expression, I won’t do any in depth analysis but let the […]

2012 Workshop: Day 9

The learning curve is rarely a steep, consistent incline. When we learn a new skill, it’s perfectly normal to have bumps along the way. My level 2 class experienced a day of bumps yesterday. Rather than scale back today’s lesson, we dove into more of the technical aspects of their cameras. I’d hoped that having […]

2012 Workshop: Day 8

By: Agnes O’Hanlon As a photographer, you are always put in the role of observer. Carefully observing the details is critical in photography, because those details are used to visually communicate a story or an idea to the viewer by transporting them there. This week, the kids at the Bazaar were taught how to step […]

2012 Workshop: Day 7

  By: Elsbeth Pijnappels “With a good composition you can even make the most uninteresting things look interesting” I told the kids today. In previous classes we talked about framing, perspective and point of view, colour and light. Things that all come together when you talk about composition. The photographer decides what we see, where […]

2012 Workshop: Day 6

One of the real privileges of teaching the Level 2 class is being able to tackle some fun techniques we weren’t able to cover with our set of point and shoots. Having DSLRs available has meant we could explore motion. We took advantage of a busy nearby street, and a little shade to stand in. […]

2012 Workshop: Day 5

By: Agnes O’Hanlon It’s interesting what you find when you view things from another angle. Day 5 of the workshop couldn’t have turned out any better. The boys at the bazaar came in equipped to learn, create, share, and take in beautiful things through the art of photography. Today was all about Macro Photography – […]