Portraits are such an integral part of story-telling. Human beings are naturally drawn to portraits where they can regard another human through eye contact, or portraits that illustrate the environment in which a person lives. Having our students make portraits of themselves, each other, and people they encounter in the environments they experience during a Photo Camp is one of the most revealing teaching tools we can utilize. The process of taking your own portrait can be therapeutic and empowering as you are forced to truthfully regard yourself, inside and out. The process of taking a photo of another person is a great lesson in social interaction as you must compassionately engage with that person and treat them with respect as you humbly request to make their portrait. Both experiences require student and professional photographers alike to set aside ego and become fully aware of their surroundings. Here are some great examples of the portraits made during Photo Camp Doha.
One of the things I really loved was the moment when the girls of Brazil and Qatar are together on the bus, they sing, dance, and laugh. After this trip pictures became a part of my life, everything is a picture. Now memories will not be forgotten.
– Brenda Camila Reck de Olivera
All of us Brazilian girls thought that the Qatari girls would be quiet, not as cheerful as we are. We finally discovered that they are cheerful like us, excited like we are, laughing as we are, talking too much , julst like we do. The difference between our culture, that seemed to be enormous, now is just tiny.
– Priscila Bellini Carmona
Despite Qatar being a rich country with many foreigners, we still look after our culture, heritage, and religion. I don’t want Qataris to be ashamed of who they really are.
– Shahad Fakhrod & Alia Al Khater