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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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Away from the office

A reminder that while Visited Planet is traveling, updates are only being posted to the Facebook page.

To check out recent posts there including images of Italy, Rome and Spain go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitedPlanetphotojournalism

Normal posts will resume here later in the year.

Thanks for your interest.

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Visited Planet news: On the road again

As of Tuesday I am away until September travelling to the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy and possibly a few other places in Europe.

Three weeks of this period will be walking the camino in northern Spain where I actually choose to be as much incommunicado as possible. And at other times Internet access won’t always be available for posting regularly to this site.

However for snapshots of life and travels in Europe you can go to the Visited Planet Facebook page as I will post there regularly. My Instagram photographs (visitedplanet) will also appear there.
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Reflections three years after the great flood of 2011

Once upon a time Brisbane residents would invoke ’74 as a year to be remembered – hallowed in time as a dark period in the city’s history of natural disasters. For those of us hit by floodwaters in 2011, that is now the year we refer to. To remember 2011 is to recall the heat, the rain, the mud, the smell, the endless work, the exhaustion … but also to remember how the state stood proud, shoulder to shoulder as friends and strangers helped their mates and neighbours.

At the annual dinner with our neighbours that has become a tradition every January in the week the floodwaters inundated us, we asked each other, “What were you doing on this day three years ago? Do you remember the smell of the mud? Do you remember how much work that was? Remember when you said …” And on and on it went.

There’s a bond forged with people that went through the flood with us and with those that helped that will never be undone. We went through hell and mud and came back – we’re still here.

In memory of the lives that were lost in January 2011 and the devastation that swept through Queensland and New South Wales, and concerns for those currently affected by bushfires, drought and other events around the country, here are some photos of the spirit of that time so when we remember the horror of what unfolded, we also remember how the community rallied. Thank you Brisbane.

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The house in Auchenflower near the peak of the floods.

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