It was during the meetings with Ajkem'a Loy'a, when I looked at these women decide their future through the lens of my camera, that a photographer was born.... I couldn't stop photographing their animated faces talking about the infinite possibilities that this project presented. The camera became a tool for capturing the energy and passion in the air.
When I returned to Guatemala during the summer of 2008, I had the pleasure of facilitating a participatory photography project with Ajkem'a Loy'a. I was eager to share this skill with the women that had inspired me to start taking photographs and find my own voice through photography. I conducted several workshops ranging from how to use a disposable camera to how to capture a feeling in an image. Overall it was an amazing experience to see the women from Ajkem'a Loy'a find their own voices and the means to represent themselves through images. The theme for the project was hopes/dreams and fears/concerns. Here are some of the images that were produced during the workshops.
The participatory photography project, Another Look, was conducted in nine different countries, Guatemala being one of them. For more information on Another Look visit: http://www.gpia.info/