At MyCityByNight we always like to feature a little bit of creative design with a conscience from time to time. The I Was Shot Foundation, a NGO providing photographic skills to underprivileged children equipped with disposable cameras and a brief to capture Cape Town’s culture, have announced the end of the first phase of their 2011 Cape Town programme with an exhibition launch planned for The Grand Café & Beach on 8 September 2011 at 18:30.
The Cape Town underprivileged youth showcase life through a lens… It’s pretty inspiring stuff and one would hope that they could all go on to have successful careers in photography thus enabling them to help themselves to a better quality of life. You know the whole “teach a man to fish” vibe.
I Was Shot In Cape Town has worked with 19 underprivileged youth from Mamelani Projects, photographing key landmarks throughout the city, motivating them to channel their hardships through photography’s creative outlet. Spearheaded by architect and photographer, Bernard Viljoen, these projects enrich and empower the lives of underprivileged youth through photography training and sustainable skills development, for future income and job creation.
I Was Shot 🙂 in Cape Town consists of two training periods working with 19 youths per group in weekly sessions. The second training phase continues until the end of December 2011.
“We harness photography as a tool for expression and an opportunity to nurture hidden talent among the youth. Life’s moments, significant to an underprivileged child but perhaps forgotten to us, can remind us to appreciate the simple by looking at our beautiful city through their eyes,” adds Bernard Viljoen.
On the launch night, 10 children from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s empowerment programme, Masidlale Project, will play soulful background music. All proceeds from the photographic exhibition will go towards future empowerment endeavors. The
beneficiaries are Studio_Bernard Viljoen Foundation, Mamelani Projects, I was shot CC and the students from the program.
I think it’s well worth going to check out…