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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Alphabet Project

For this project, the children were each given letters with which to make words in their three languages: English, Tibetan and Nepali. This project usually takes quite a bit longer than the others. The children will choose a word, and usually draw a picture of that word, and then brainstorm ideas of how they might represent it with a photograph. Here is the children's visual, trilingual alphabet:

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Photograph by Chime Yangdon
Photograph by Rinzin Dolma
Photograph by Tenpa Sangmo
Photograph by Tsering Phuntsog
Photograph by Tsering Phuntsog
Photograph by Pasang Dolma
Photograph by Kalsang Dorjee
Photograph by Choedon Sangmo
Photograph by Tenzin Choedon
Photograph by Pasang Dolma
Photograph by Gompa Tsering
Photograph by Nyema Dolkar
Photograph by Rinzin Dolma
Photograph by Kalsang Dorjee
Photograph by Tsering Dolkar
Photograph by Kalsang Dorjee

Photograph by Dhekyi Dolkar
Photograph by Kalsang Dorjey

Photograph by Pasang Dolma
Photograph by Tsering Phuntsog
Photograph by Kalsang Dorje
Photograph by Pasang Dolma
Photograph by Tenzin Choedon
Photograpgh by Tsering Tashi
Photograph by Tsering Dolkar

Photograph by Rinzin Dolma

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quote Interpretation

For this project, the kids at the Himalayan Children's Care Home were put into groups and given a quote by H.H. Dalai Lama. They were asked to read their quotes out loud and then to brainstorm (also out loud) with the entire group about what the quote might mean. When they pinpointed the main focus of the quote, they were then asked to think of ways you might be able to further visually represent that quote through a photograph. This is what they came up with.....

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"Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from our own actions."

"Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values."

"The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred."

"The very purpose of our life is to seek happiness."

"We can never find peace in the outer world until we find peace within ourselves."

"Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it."

"We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection."

"Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day"

"Look at situations from all angles and you will become more open."

If Only I Could...

For this project, the children were asked to finish the sentence, "If only I could..." The children then made lists of visual subjects that they might photograph in order to further support their finished statements. Here are a few of them. (Click on the photo to view a larger version).
By Dhekyi Dolkar, Age 12.

by Chime Yangdon, Age 16.

By Dolma Tsering, Age 10

By Pema Yangdon, Age 13.

By Rinzin Dolma, Age 18

By Tenzin Choedon, Age 12

By Tsering Dolkar, Age 17

By Gompa Tsering, Age 11

By Tsering Dhondup, Age 13

The Best Part of Me: Images from the Himalayan Children's Care Home, Pokhara, Nepal

The "Best Part of Me" project allows each child to pinpoint one thing about himself/herself that he/she loves and tell why through writing. They then make photographs to represent this part of themselves. (Click on the photo to view a larger version).

"The best part of me are my legs," by Bipana

"The best part of me is my tongue," by Biuila

"The best part of me is my nose," by Dawa Sangmo

"The best part of me is my eyes," by Dolma Gurung

"The best part of me is my hands," by Pasang Dolma

"The best part of me is my nose," by Tenzin Mentok

"The best part of me is my eyes," by Tsendhen

"The best part of me is my hands," by Tsering Yangchen

"The best part of me is my eyes," by Yangdon