Snapshot project: hoi an
ABOUT THE PROJECT
During the Spring of 2018, 7 incredible students learned to tell their stories through 100cameras Snapshot Hoi An in Hoi An, Vietnam. In partnership with Bright Futures For Kids (BFFK), a local non-profit organization that serves kids located in a remote village about forty minutes outside of Hoi An and seeks to create a safe space where kids can be playful and creative in their learning.
The majority of students’ families work in construction, farming, or are small business owners and cleaners -- all who work hard earned hours to provide for their family. In a culture where emotions are practiced to be more reserved, the students are bright and creative, always laughing and finding resourceful ways to entertain themselves. Yet the pressures of society or long days or reserved emotions can take their toll, and the students leaned into the lessons in new ways.
100% of proceeds from the students' photo sales will go directly back to their community. Based on the current needs of the organization, the proceeds raised will help fund much needed educational supplies for the kids and their peers.
ABOUT THE SNAPSHOT PROJECT LEADER
As a professional photographer for over 8 years, it has been the job of Snapshot Project Leader, Kelly Johnson, to document other people’s lives by sharing both individual and community stories. Inevitably, as these stories were shown through her own lens, she has often thought about whether or not the subjects would choose to share their story differently.
“What was I misinterpreting, focusing too much on, or missing altogether? For this reason, hands down, seeing Hoi An through the lenses of the students was my very favorite part of the Snapshot course. I am still even learning this on a personal level, that being empowered to share our own stories holds the potential for profound, healing transformation,” shares Kelly.
As she continues to pursue the path to becoming — in her own words — a more ethical, genuine and empathetic storyteller, Kelly hopes to also take what she’s learned from 100cameras and teach others through photography how to be tellers of their own stories. Truly believing that it is only through sharing, and hearing, one another’s stories that bridges are built and our shared humanity can be perceived. Kelly and her husband live in Vietnam.
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STUDENT IMAGE GALLERY
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