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Focus April – Cameras for Asia at the Brisbane Camera Group

Cameras for Asia is one of the focus presentations at the Brisbane Camera Group on April 13. Apparently up to 80 people come to these nights and it should be a great opportunity to spread word of the program and hopefully garner some more equipment donations.

For budding photography enthusiasts in Brisbane it looks like a fun group to join. Membership fees are detailed on their website. Meeting details follow.

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Meeting Times

Regular BCG Meetings are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday of each month

Meetings start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Meeting Location

Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald Rd, Albion

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Cameras for Asia 2015: Myanmar

One more sleep and I’m headed to Myanmar!!

This will be the first of my Cameras for Asia programs this year. I’m really excited to return to the country – my fifth visit – and see old friends and faces, plus kids I’ve got to know since 2009, but … I’m also going to some different centres this year and will travel further afield than Yangon. I’ve travelled a lot of Myanmar but this is the first time I’m taking the program outside Yangon. That in itself is exciting!

While it’s been wonderful to see Yangon bloom over the past five years and the interest in photography skyrocket, Cameras for Asia was designed at a grassroots level and so it will be good to break some new ground in this regard and get the program and equipment to regional areas where the need remains high.

I may not have time to post to the blog but I will be posting on Instagram while I’m away to @camerasforasia and @visitedplanet both of which will appear in the Facebook feeds of Cameras for Asia and Visited Planet photojournalism respectively.

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Vimeo: Cameras for Asia slideshow

Take a look inside the exciting world of Cameras for Asia with this promotional slideshow video.

Cameras for Asia 2015 from Joanne Lane on Vimeo.
Do check out other videos I have on Vimeo while you’re there.
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Cameras for Asia: India part 3

The Cameras for Asia program recently visited India, taking the program to three different centres around the country. Three posts will be published in the coming days on all three centres.

Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here.

Carmel Campus, Hyderabad (India)
This was my second visit to Carmel Campus on the outskirts of Hyderabad in India’s south – a holistic training centre for those going into Christian ministry around India. The beautiful campus is an excellent place for photography with birds, trees, flowers, animals and landscapes. I had been in India a month at this stage and while not feeling particularly tired, it had been a busy few weeks and I was preparing to head home after six months away from Australia.

But the two groups I had here at Carmel energised me when I needed it most, and reminded me yet again, why I do these classes. Their enthusiasm was unparalleled and their enjoyment of the classes and desire for them cemented all the reasons Cameras for Asia exists. Indian students are always great fun. Their English is good, they are very conversational and friendly, and lap up class time. This was the final series of classes in India and a fantastic way for me to finish up.

15 x boys photo

The men’s photography class had a lot of characters which made it fun, particularly the grey haired old fellow in the back right (my dad!) The men loved having him along joining in and generally creating mayhem as he is wont to do! One of the men gave us a note later thanking us for spending time with them and not just teaching in a classroom. Dad did fitness classes with the men every afternoon, and mum had the girls out playing volleyball and walking; the idea being to discipline, train and exercise the body as much as the mind and heart.

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Cameras for Asia: India part 2

The Cameras for Asia program recently visited India, taking the program to three different centres around the country. Three posts will be published in the coming days on all three centres.

Read part 1 here.
Read part 3 here (link will become active when the post is published).

Mallika, Hyderabad (India)

Women's photography group at the markets. Don't be fooled by the serious expressions - they had the time of their lives.

Women’s photography group at the markets. Don’t be fooled by the serious expressions – they had the time of their lives as they had never been on an excursion before in their lives.

Mallika is a sewing cooperative in Hyderabad and run by Nireekshena, a clinic that provides medication, counselling and other services to those that are HIV positive. The women at Mallika are either HIV+ or someone in their family is. Many have children, struggle financially to make ends meet and may suffer the side effects of medication. They had little or no experience with cameras and lacked confidence going out in public taking photographs, but over the course of the week their skills and confidence grew in spades and their joy at discovering new talents was infectious and wonderful to behold. Six cameras were donated to Mallika. Read more

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