Liyun Jin following her graduation from Harvard College in May, spent a month in Uganda volunteering with the Kasiisi Project. Li used her photographic interests and talents to offer an after school photography class to the children at Kigarama Primary School, as part of a collaborative project with students at the Urban Assembly School of Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx, New York, an affiliate of the Bronx Zoo.
Learning to use cameras for the first time they took photos of their lives – friends, families, homes and the world around them.
They experimented with different ways to take photos – through material, pipes, windows and vegetation; they rotated the cameras and they took self portraits.
They discussed their favorite pictures and why they had taken them. They projected them onto a wall and talked about light, interesting subjects and good composition. We are totally bowled over by the quality of these photographs.
We are immensely grateful to Li for this fabulous innovative program that gave our students such a wonderful experience and we look forward to sharing more of the children’s amazing work in the near future.