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WHAT WE OFFER

8 CAMERAS

There is a digital camera available for everybody!

Best of all, they cost you nothing to access!

MENTORING

Guidance and instruction with using a digital camera is provided in simple ways by Alex for eight participants.

NO COST TO YOU

Alex donates his services to community and mental health groups, costing you nothing!

MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

Mindfulness as experienced through digital photography is easily accessed by everyone!

EXPERIENCE NATURE

Getting out into nature on a regular basis is good for everyone as a wellbeing experience!

HAPPY PARTICIPANTS

Make your NGO stand out from the crowd by offering a unique experience for your clients or service users.

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WORKSHOPS

I have the ability to provide eight cameras for the participants use, this allows everybody to experience Mindfulness as is achieved through the use of a camera. People who have their own cameras are more than welcome to join in with these groups.

 

The culmination of the program ends with either an exhibition of works from the participants, perhaps as a fundraiser for your organisation, and/or the participants receiving their own personalised twenty page A5 sized photo-book filled with their own photographs taken during that term.

 

The only things your organisation needs to supply are:

* the participants,

* the means to get to different, easy to get to, locations each week,

* a place to be able to view and choose photographs for me to then edit at home after each session,

* an exhibition venue if you choose that as an outcome of the workshops.

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OBJECTIVE

To provide experiences of Mindfulness, deep connection to place and safe social interaction, through the use of photographic equipment and the easy training in its use to those who live in the Onkaparinga region. Delivered during school terms as an ongoing weekly activity throughout the year. Special programmes will be held over the Christmas holiday period.

 

Studies have shown that photography is an easily accessible tool which allows participants to quickly and effortlessly experience states of Mindfulness and deep connection to place. By participating in this program, individuals are encouraged to experience Mindfulness, as is achieved through the attention needed to operate a digital camera, and a deep sense of connection to places visited by the group as they truly observe and interact with their surroundings at a deep level.

 

To have an exhibition of works from the participants as a fundraiser for your organisation, and/or an individual twenty page A5 sized photographic book for each of the participants at the end of the term, with the photographs being selected by the participants for inclusion in the exhibition and in their own books.

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FAQ’S

Why the need for cameras? Everyone already has mobile phones that can take photographs?

It is specifically the use of a camera that induces a state of mindfulness on the participant, partly through awareness and partly through intense observation. When using a mobile phone for photography one does not have to concentrate or observe to the same level as when using a camera. I have some excerpts of studies and web articles that talk about this in depth on my “Benefits” page.

 

How difficult would this be for someone that’s never used a camera before?

Using a camera needn’t be a complicated process to learn. I instruct this in easy to digest bite-sized chunks. The first week is spent familiarising the participants with their camera of choice, learning how to make it focus where they want it to, using it on an automatic setting to start off with. In the second week, they progress to operating the aperture, which allows them the ability to choose how much of the scene is in focus. It really is easy to grasp, people are always surprised by how quickly they actually get it and can start exploring it further to create the images they imagined!

 

Who owns the rights to the images? If they are taken using your equipment aren’t they yours?

Absolutely not! As the creators of the images, the copyright remains that of the participants.
If the images are to be sold or used, written permission is required from the creators.

 

Is your equipment insured, just in case a participant drops a camera or something gets damaged during a workshop?

Happy Snappers Adelaide has arranged full coverage of our photographic equipment for accidental damage.

 

How far ahead would we need to negotiate a programme with our NGO?

Unfortunately, there is only one of me and I am now no longer taking on any more organisations to partner with! I have three programmes running at the moment for the broader community to take part in and another two in the pipeline devoted to people living with mental health challenges in their lives.

 

If you have any further queries, please feel free to send me a message or call. I can be contacted on the mobile number appearing at the top and bottom of every page, or through the contact form on the “Contact” page.

 

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SAMPLE WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

A rough guide to delivery, dependant on availability of transportation and weather.

 

Week 1 – Introductions, basics of camera usage and composition, a walk around the immediate area.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 2 – Visit to a site, using the aperture to control how much is in focus, ways to observe a place.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 3 – Visit to a site, assistance in framing for interesting views and pictures.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 4 – Visit to a site, the use of lines in photography.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 5 – Stay at the community centre, doing tabletop and macro photography.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 6 – Visit to a site, the use of textures in photography.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 7 – Visit to a site, the use of patterns in photography.

Review images for book selection/exhibition and then editing by me.

 

Week 8 – Visit to a site, the use of curves in photography.

Review final images for editing by me, to be emailed to organisation so to be passed on to the participants.

Exhibition launch and/or provide participants with their personalised photo-books.

 

The above can be tailored for your organisations needs easily and adapted if needed, due to poor weather.

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YOUR EXPERIENCE IS OUR GUARANTEE

Alex’s history with lived experience and recovery of mental health gives him a true understanding of the challenges presented by all manner of people and how this is a variable thing that can differ day to day.

 

​Providing the absolute best of creative, Mindful and learning experiences available through digital photography is his ultimate purpose.

 

​Participation in the small groups held allows a safe experience of community involvement for those that want some gentle social interaction, without being overwhelmed by masses of strangers and the withdrawal that can induce.