Srey Leak and Sophean.
In 2015 I went to Cambodia to work as a volunteer photographer for the SEO Husk. An organisation that build a school in a small village , 45 minutes by a motorized tuctuc from Siem Reap, to let youngsters learn better the English language because, when they speak ik better there is also a better future for them. It gives them also a save area were they can play sports and read books. They come voluntarily after there normal Cambodian school lessons.
One of the tasks was to give lessons in photography to 9 th grade students. On Face Book I made a call for old, no longer used small digital compact cameras. And as far as my baggage limit allowed, I took them with me to Cambodia and I left them at the school.
The goal was to bring art to the students. Let them create, as the organisation describes “It is a chance to experience learning based on what you like and feel rather then what is correct and incorrect. Students are encouraged to experiment to take risks and try new things “.
For 3 weeks I was every second day on the school and in week 4 we prepared a small exhibition. Almost everybody came everytime. I prepared the lessons at home but as soon as I started I realized that their understanding and way of thinking is so different from ours. So I let my preparation go and improvised every lesson depending on my students. I will tell more in the blogs to come and give attention to my students because they deserve it. I am so proud of them !!!
We asked the students to write down information about themselves. These are her words :
“My name is Srey Leak . I am 15 years old. In my family they are 5 people. I have one brother one sister my mum my dad and me. I come from Cambodia. In my future I want to be work in Hotel. I want to go Hong Kong. In my free time I sing my favorite colour are green. “.
And these are her best pictures. I only adjusted a bit the contrast because in Europe ,students can do this on their computer. We did not have one for them.
After the lessons about perspectives, composition, empty space, details etc. I asked them to finally take the camera home and if possible take some pictures by themselves of their home situation. Here are the Pictures she took.
She will now be 18 and am really curious how she is.
Sophean is quiet and thoughtful . You will not find her in the foreground, asking for attention.
The words Sophean wrote down :
“My name is Sophean. I’m 15 years old. In my family there are 4 people. I have one brother. I am from Cambodia. In my dreams is teacher. My favorite colour are red and black. In my free time I read book and watch TV. In my future I want to visit Netherlands because I have only friend in Holland.”
Here are the best of Sophian.
She loves details and made a rather complete picture of were she lives. You only see her grandmother because whenn it was her turn to take a camera her parents were working on the field.
And sometimes She made photos in between. Here are some..
Made by Sophean.
TO BE CONTINUED……