Snapshot project: mumbai
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In Winter of 2018, Commit 2 Change partnered with 100Cameras to lead a Snapshot Project with the girls of Seva Sadan, an orphanage in Mumbai, India. Commit2Change (C2C) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to creating systemic change by educating abandoned and impoverished girls in India.
Oftentimes, our assumption about those who live lives unlike ours is colored by the stories we hear and pictures we paint. We decide that “adolescent orphan girls”, who have often undergone tremendous hardship and emotional trauma, are likely to see the world with weary eyes and backs turned, unlikely to notice the silver lining or find greener pastures. We assume that their pasts, marked by negligence, violence, illness, or extreme poverty, have done irreversible damage to their futures.
When given a camera and asked to capture her life through photography, most girls revealed an unexpected optimism. Their photographs alluded to their personal stories - not tragic nods to their childhood, but an homage to the simple pleasures of the everyday. The project uncovered something we didn’t expect: these girls may be carved from a painful past but still insist on daily hope. However different that might look, however uniquely their hope might manifest.
What we expect to see versus what the photographer shows us in her photograph creates a pleasant contradiction. We are left surprised and inspired - compelled to see her reality differently.
And in this way, the photographer becomes a catalyst for change in her world and ours.
100% of proceeds from the students' photo sales will go directly back to their community through the work and partnership of Commit 2 Change to fund important needs for the girls and their peers at Seva Sadan.
STUDENT IMAGE GALLERY
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