Inspired by the 2012 Olympics in London, UK 7 young people from Juconi Ecuador participated in an international photography project– Create Compete Collaborate.
Motivated by this theme of cultural exchange, the participants exchanged photos that represented their lives and identities with young people from All Sorts Youth Group in Brighton UK.
As well as exchanging photos that they’d taken, both sets of participants were able to comment on each other’s photos. This evolved into a lively exchange in which both groups had the opportunity to ask questions that they wouldn’t normally have had the chance to ask and it exposed the range of cultural differences that exist between these very different nations; the differences that we all take for granted in our day to day lives.
The Ecuadorian participants used the project as an opportunity to create a “window” into their lives for the Brighton young people who’d be viewing their photos. Therefore, we have a huge variety of photos, including: one young person’s mother preparing chickens to cook and sell in her foodstall, a marimba dance group that another young person is part of, inside the church that one of the group members attends and a variety of pictures which express the realities of living in the marginal sectors (slums) which are home to these young people of Guayaquil.
A very big thank you, or muchisima gracias, to our participants who have constantly surprised and entertained us with their comments, insights, questions and of course their incredible and powerful photos.
Gracias Anabel, Joel, Lilibeth, Marcos Abel, Michelle, Nicole, Omar and Steven and well done to you all.