The focus can be on ‘re-visiting’ photos that have already been taken, thinking about these and reflecting, but it can also be used to collect and reflect on things or issues that are around you. For some of these other ideas please look at Interests and Memories and also, perhaps particularly good for teenagers, About Me Photo workshop projects which could be photo albums but also work well for making posters and or montages.
I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. ~Author Unknown
The below example is of a group of people with learning difficulties; this group meets regularly and often go on outings. Deborah ran a workshop over a number of weeks that both re-engaged with the many photos they had whilst encouraging the addition of pictures of favorite items, drawing and generally personalising their albums. As Deborah is also a professional photographer she shot a portrait of each participant, this is something that many people enjoy but rarely get the chance to do. (Deborah also runs projects that purely focus on making photographic portraits of the participants; it may not seem obvious but it is a popular and engaging process for everyone that is involved.)When each page was complete the participants then went ahead and sewed the albums together using a simple Japanese sewing system. They all managed this with a little help and were proud of their achievements in the end. The photo albums then became personal possessions that incorporated a great cross section of their interests, their daily lives, some events and outings, their friends and also some recent and special pictures of themselves.
To see a documentation of this project please click the frame below