An exciting new exhibition will be showing for the first time in Bangkok this October at the Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand (FCCT) presented by UK based charity EYESeeME project. The charity works with disadvantaged children in South and SE Asia and is divided into two areas which are fundraising and learning photography as a tool for social change. It is through these engaging classes that children regain their confidence, have fun, and learn a new skill which often leads them to tell their own unique story. The project started in April 2015 in Northeast Thailand and it is these images that will be on display in October.
The pictures give a window into the world of children, some affected by HIV, others coming from fractured and dangerous homes. It is often working with these images that encourage a visual narrative from the children that allow their voice to be audible. Each image has a caption about what is important to them and their future and is a sobering reminder to us all to take stock of our own blessings. “The key thing with the project is that children have fun and appreciate the joy that photography can bring… that for a while it is a wonderful escape from whatever may be worrying them in their day to day lives,” said the project’s lead photographer and CEO, Rebecca Robyns. “It is one thing taking the picture myself and reporting “on the ground’ but this is only one perspective, children bring so much more… they are multi-faceted and have a great sense of fearlessness”.
The result is an insightful collection of 15 images that are thought-provoking and enlightening. Rebeca Robyns is a humanitarian photographer who set up the project on the back of working with Thai children and seeing them delight in their images on the screen of her camera. Since 2015, the project has worked throughout SE Asia, and more recently in Nepal with child survivors of slavery. All proceeds from the sales of images are helping children go to school and there are currently 71 children who are benefiting from this project in Northeast Thailand. Rebecca has strong links to the region with her fathers family hailing from Yangon in Myanmar and Chennai in India and so has a special affinity with working in this part of the world. The project is open to working with interested organisations and NGO’s where a positive impact can be felt. The exhibition opens on Friday 11th October at 6:30 pm and will run for six weeks at the Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand (FCCT), Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok. 02-652-0580 [email protected]