The EYE SEE Project in each country holds a workshop participated in by 10 to 20 children living in a region where there are various social issues.
The workshop starts with classroom session on basic shooting procedures and handling of the camera, and discussions about the theme of shooting.
For a few days thereafter, children actually visit the shooting locations they chose to hold some shooting sessions. Not only do they take photos, but they also interview people who became subjects in their photos.
On the last day, the children return to a classroom session, in which they write a caption for each photograph to describe what was going through their minds when taking the picture and what is the message they would like to convey and exchange ideas about each other working. Active communication takes place based on the photos taken, with children exchanging opinions by showing the photos they took to one another, and the best shot is selected by the children themselves.
This workshop is not merely intended to help children hone their photography skills. We hope that this photographic experience will motivate children to develop various skills vital for their future, the ability to observe the world around them and the sensitivity to reflect on what is on the minds of people shooting photos and their subjects, understand messages from Mother Nature and convey their own thoughts and feelings through pictures they take. That is a critical objective of the EYE SEE project.
After each workshop, the participating children’s photos are featured in photo exhibitions around the globe as voice of children that provide a glimpse into the circumstances of their country and convey their own messages.