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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.....

(Click on the photo to view a larger version).
"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

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Self Portrait/Bio Poem Project

And, now, I will let the children introduce themselves to you....(Click on the images to view the larger version).

Meet Choedon Sampo

Meet Tsering Phuntsog

Meet Kalsang Dorjee

Meet Tsering Dolkar

Meet Pasang Dolma

Meet Chime Yangdon

Meet Rinzin Dolma

Meet Tenzin Choedon
Meet Chime Dolkar

Meet Dhekyi Dolkar

Meet Lhakpa Dolkar

Meet Pema Wangyal

Meet Sonam Lhamo

Meet Tamding Wangmo

Meet Tsering Dolma

Meet Tsering Lhazom

Meet Tsering Tashi

Meet Tsetan Lhamo

Himalayan Children's Care House - Pokhara, Nepal

Working with the kids during a photo class at Himalayan Children's Care House
I apologize for the long pause. It has taken quite some time to get linked up with an orphanage here in Pokhara. There has been much more red tape involved than I had previously realized - it's more difficult to do any kind of work in Nepal as a foreigner than it has been anywhere I have traveled. Nonetheless, the work has begun and the kids are wonderful! There are about 52 children at the HCCH and, as school is currently in session for the younger children, I have been given a class of 7 students. This class meets daily for about 2 hours, at the end of which, the children get to printout some of their photos on the Epson printer I brought along with me to Nepal. So far, aside from the bureaucratic issues, the only problems have been getting the students organized and, of course, the issue of batteries. The program's digital cameras were bought some time ago and still run off of regular AA batteries. I brought rechargeables and a charger for them, the latter of which was fried promptly upon plug in to the Nepalese socket. So, a few bumps, but that's normal. I am just happy to finally be handing kids cameras!