‘Image-making takes us on a journey that involves decision-making. What do you want to include in the frame? What do you want to exclude? What do you want to focus on?’
The process more important than the product; our participatory methods make use of all sorts of games, tools, and creative art forms such as role-play, body movement, drawing, participatory analysis, creative writing, meditation, video, dance, music, drama.
It is all about giving people trust and encouragement and use their mistakes and their knowledge as learning and empowering tools. We promote experiential learning, constructive criticism, and positive discussions.
We love to facilitate a group to produce or we produce ourselves short films, campaigns, and documentaries to create new narratives. We focus on solutions, empowering and emotional stories to inspire hope and action.
We don’t like to be intrusive and have an intimate documentary approach with a strong cinematic sensibility.
We use different methods such as meditation, body movement, games, music, drawing, visual and participatory action research and therapeutic tools, and different type of cameras from DSLR, compact, smartphones, iPad to camera-less or pinhole depending on the project’s needs and limitations.
ETHICS & REPRESENTATION
Any photography and audiovisual productions should promote dignity and empowerment. The stories told belong to the people who are being represented in the story and any artwork created is own by the individual not by us, not by the partners, clients funders. It should be engaging for the people who take part in it as well as for the audience without losing its authenticity and emotions.
Our ethics of representations and informed consent process is central to our work.
The ethics of listening and understanding are essential elements in developing participatory methods with images. We believe it is vital to learn from each other and respect religious practices, gender, cultural specificity, and geographical location when designing and conducting projects. Local people and the knowledge that they hold are crucial for developing real and effective solutions to ensure no one feels disrespected or misrepresented.