Toronto-based educator, photographer and digital storyteller, Jeff Young, is set to be the inaugural guest speaker at this year’s CLIC Eastern Ontario Photo Show and Sale. On Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 PM in the 2nd floor gallery of Books & Company, 289 Main Street, Picton (where the 3rd annual photo show and sale will be in full swing), Jeff will speak about the origins and development of an intriguing and on-going digital photography project he has coordinated over the past five years.
In 2007, Jeff combined his love of photography and his commitment to teaching by creating the African not-for-profit project Village Galleries. Responding to a call for help from Maasai elders who feared their culture was eroding because their language has no written component, Jeff and a team of educator/photographers travelled to a remote region of Tanzania to teach digital storytelling to 500 Maasai villagers. Their journey was shared on an edition of CBC News Sunday with Evan Solomon.
He continued this work in 2008 in Benin in western Africa with the Big Books Project, which resulted in the printing and distribution of 8000 indigenous pre-kindergarten textbooks. In 2011 Jeff was the Project Manager for In My Own Eyes, which taught digital storytelling to seven first nations communities in Ontario and led to over 50 young people telling their photo stories on the Internet and in a travelling photography display.
Jeff will speak about both of these projects in his presentation: “From Tanzania to Moose Factory: A Digital Storytelling Journey.” He brings a wealth of images and videos as documentation. “This special presentation is very exciting for the CLIC Show,” says co-chair, Susanne Barclay. “It adds an educational component to our growing event, and further shares the power of photography and how it can enrich lives. We really hope photographers and photo enthusiasts alike will come out to hear Jeff speak about the amazing work he is doing in Canada and abroad.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at any time from the show desk during the 3rd annual CLIC Eastern Ontario Photo Show and Sale, August 4th to 12th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (until 5 p.m. August 5th and 2 p.m. on August 12th). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Community Health Africa Trust (CHAT) mobile health clinic, in Laikipia, Kenya, where Jeff will be continuing this project with Kenya Through the Lens in January 2013.