By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
“Photojournalism provokes conversation and though which all good journalism should do. The exhibition provides an excellent teaching opportunity, fostering discussion about how we cover events of our time the need of society while talking about the profession and craft of journalism”~ Michael Parks (April 24, 1940-), American Actor and Singer
The youth of Saainthamaruthu have taken a new turn in their lives today. They have had their maiden photo exhibition in their village. The 12 member Photo Voice team has undergone a professional training in Photo Journalism for one year, which was provided by Terre des hommes. The youth were trained professionally to handle still cameras, light, angles, composition, capture various moments, write caption and make a photo journal.
Five villages from Batticaloa district and five villages from Ampara district were chosen and the youth were trained. The villages are namely Kalkuda, Kaluwankerny, Paalaiyadiththoona, Poonochchimunai and Puthukkudiyiruppu from Batticaloa district Kaaraitheevu, Ninthavur, Oluvil, Periyaneelaavanai and Saainthamruthu from Ampara district.
The photos taken by the youth in Saainthamaruthu were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to have a proper playground in Saainthamruthu. The photo voice team of Saainthamaruthu has members from Muslim community. Photo Exhibition by the youth from Saainthamaruthu was held on April 28th 2010 at the Al-Jalaal Vidyalayam, which was organized by Terre des homes.
Saainthamaruthu is situated in Ampara district between Kalmunai and Karaitheevu. It has a total population of 26,708 people. There are 13,482 males and 13,226 females currently live in Saainthamaruthu according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen and some work as day labourers.
Saainthamaruthu Photo Voice Team:
Mohammed Hanifa Mohammed Nisrin, Abdul Ameen Aazeek Ahamed, Ahamed Mohammed Fasmeer, Musthafa Mohammed Rismy,Sain Mohammed Ajmeer, Ibralebbe Mohammed Nazee,Jalildeen Thowfeeka, Abdul Majeed Fathima Farwin, Yoosuf Mousana, Mohammed Ismail Asmiya, Uthumalebbe Fasmiya, Seeni Mohammed Natheera, Mohammed Musthafa Mohammed Najeem, Mohammed Aboobacker Rasmiya.
A banner at the main entrance of the venue
Photo Voice Team in Saainthamaruthu
Map of Saainthamaruthu
Many angles are shown
Stakeholders in Saainthamaruthu
The Photo Voice Team member Ahamed Mohamed Fazmeer is explaining to the viewers
A villager views the exhibition
Model playground which the youth is expecting for their village
Cameras used for the training are displayed at the exhibition
The Photo Voice Team captures the moments
Many viewed the exhibition amidst the prevailing hot weather in the area