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MrsS 8 4.5k 18 England
11 Jun 2007 9:11AM
As the one who started this thread, I would be more than happy to take on any role that Pete and the gang felt would be useful. As a Primary school teacher, I already have CRB clearance and have been trained in Child Protection issues. My own daughter is 11, and I fully understand that parents need to be reassured that their children are being 'looked after' to the best of EPZ's capability Smile

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pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 9:52AM

Quote:Some young members could teach older members a thing or two about photography, from some of the pics I have seen on here.

No segregation, IMO.


I wasn't thinking about segregation CB, just a bit of reassurance for parents in the way Fran suggested.

Also it would be easier to make sure that their pictures are not overlooked. Perhaps it could run the way the Critique Gallery does without the votes & with the option of main Gallery posting if they feel confident enough.

For the last ten+ years I have been involved with a local long running photography project for The Children of Chernobyl. Usually their only experience of photography is having a passport photo taken.

We take plenty of pictures of them but we also provide them with cameras to take their own. At the end we have an evening where they show off their albums. Yes, we do have a lot of wastage, and would love to convert to digital, but seeing the world through their eyes is both humbling and exciting.

Every child goes back with an album of memories more precious than any other souvenier of the visit.

Our children are lucky, they take for granted many of the things that the Chernobyl children want to photograph, bathrooms, pets, shop windows, all feature quite highly.

Anything that encourages children to take an interest in the world around them is to be encouraged. A specialist group within the EPZ community for juniors could be a pretty good place to start.

Another group is due this week and with thousands of images to sort through I won't be on here much until after they go home.
catnappin 7 666 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 2:17PM

Quote:For the last ten+ years I have been involved with a local long running photography project for The Children of Chernobyl. Usually their only experience of photography is having a passport photo taken.



Quote:Another group is due this week and with thousands of images to sort through I won't be on here much until after they go home.


Penny, This is fantastic stuff!
How wonderful to help the children of Chernobyl in this way. Is there any way to donate money/film/old digital camera's/old memory cards that to some people on here may consider to be outdated, but to children would be ideal ?

Also have you made Pete and the Epz team aware of this charitable work as I am sure it would be an appropriate thing for a site like this to support were there to be charitable events/donations.

I would dearly love to be able to view some of these childrens work (and I am sure that they would also love to see their own work displayed) . Maybe a temporary account set up with 'albums ???

Jacqui
pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 2:45PM
Thanks for your interest Jacqui.
It would be grate if anyone with an unwanted digi camera felt able to donate it. As they want 6 x 4s for their albums they don't have to be umpteen megapixels. Also we could offer a home to the small value memory cards that come with cameras these days.
We have a collection of donated film cameras we've used for years but digi would be much more cost effective.
If the Junior Gallery gets off the ground I could ask about membership for the ones who are really interested and as even the poorest schools have access to a computer and internet these days I can imagine the excitement it would cause back in Belarus.
Suggestions welcome.
ZenTog 12 7.9k 1 England
12 Jun 2007 2:55PM
Agree this charity cause would be well worth supporting by the site, maybe it could become an official sponsor etc, If I can help in anyway please let me know, do see a lot of cheap kodak digitals around the boot sales that would be good for those kids
pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 5:20PM
I would be really pleased if you see anything like that Paul. SAo many early digis must be redundant where people have upgraded.

It's an ongoing project and we're committed using to film this time as I have a freezer full of it and they arrive on FridaySmile
We have given digitals to the interpreters and they are such a boon.
Thanks for your interest
ZenTog 12 7.9k 1 England
12 Jun 2007 5:29PM
hey penny lets get a few members on here to form a group to help out these kids, in anyway we can, we must all have a number of low capacity memory cards doing very little.

where are you bringing the kids to, i know some come down to cornwall
catnappin 7 666 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 6:22PM
I'm up for that Paul. Chernobyl kids learning to photograph and having keepsakes gets my vote.
Jacqui
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
12 Jun 2007 6:31PM

Quote:Also have you made Pete and the Epz team aware of this charitable work as I am sure it would be an appropriate thing for a site like this to support were there to be charitable events/donations.

We do not get involved in supporting charities and will not promote them on the site, because once we do ever person who's involved in any kind of charity will be using the forums to plug their latest fund raising event. We already get one or two requests per day. Sorry
pennyspike 11 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 6:48PM
OK Pete it was only because of the link with photography and the chance that people might have redundant cameras.
How does this effect the calendar as it seems to be going so well at the moment? It would be such a shame to dampen all that enthusiasm.
ZenTog 12 7.9k 1 England
12 Jun 2007 7:51PM
can we do this as an unoffical charity but through the forums pete
andytvcams 12 10.4k United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 7:56PM

Quote:How does this effect the calendar


I was wondering that myself.
MrsS 8 4.5k 18 England
12 Jun 2007 9:08PM
Don't think they care, Andy - seem to be totally oblivious over there in the calendar forum - think they'll shoot it whatever gets said!!! Smile

Fran x
ZenTog 12 7.9k 1 England
12 Jun 2007 9:13PM
dont even know what charity is involved there, reckon we should start an appeal for memory cards and low end digitals , maybe some shops could be approached for cameras for next year.

I can not help out with the kids shoot this year but would like to help out next time,I am CRB cleared as well, I teach young farmers groups basics of digital cameras
andytvcams 12 10.4k United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 9:25PM
I see no reason why we cannot all get together and support what i consider a good cause.

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