1. Possibly create a club on campus consisting of 10 or more members.
2. Discuss how to raise funds to get 20-30 disposable cameras to send with a friend to Nicaragua
3. In the time we are waiting for photos to arrive (Late June-Early August arrival date) we discuss logistics on how to get a book published. This book will be very simple, but it will be done well and display the unfiltered images of the country from a first-person view. We will also discuss how these books should be done. 1 big one. 10 small ones per country. Who knows.
4. We will discuss whether we want to expand the project/initiative to surrounding schools, or if we feel best if it is specific to our group.
5. Develop social media and do the necessary paperwork in making us an actual organization/initiative. “The NoFilter Initiative”.
The name, while may being interpreted as cheesy has a few good factors. “NoFilter” of course meaning, these cameras aren’t going to be using some fancy instagram filter. These images are simply taken and sent, unedited. Another meaning, this isn’t going to be American photographers taking a trip and taking pictures of only negative aspects of a country, but the good as well. The good images are not filtered. Also, the name NoFilter is simply catchy. People are going to correlate it with instagram hashtags and phrases etc. so it may gain some interest.
If you want to participate, let me know in the comments. I need 10 names. It’s not going to be extremely laboring or take a bunch of your time.
So, I would like everyone’s GENUINE opinion on something. Feel free to comment or whatever. Take into account, the logistics/law/policy/how this whole thing will work are not necessarily set in stone, and this hasn’t been completely thought out by any means. This is simply a summary of what I’d want to do.
This project/initiative is a brainchild between a close friend and I. The goals of it are simple: to educate ourselves, to educate others, to create something artistic, and to create awareness. While this project is unnamed at the moment, I still want to see if it catches people’s interest.
Imagine a project that eventually results in a book, kind of like “Humans of New York” except not focusing JUST on people. I want to create multiple books that serve the purpose of storytelling through photographs and short captions, although these photographs aren’t necessarily professional. They are taken by citizens of 3rd world countries, sent back to the initiative, and are published for everyone to see. The photos are taken with waterproof/disposable cameras. The photos taken of course might not be the most beautiful things taken, but they would be real. They would give us insight into how actual people live in a third world country from a first person perspective. You give a kid a camera and say “Take pictures of things that are important to you”. You would get pictures of things that are negative, brutal, real, but also you would receive some beautiful images that show the brilliance of living in a 3rd world country and potentially seeing something representing friendship, loyalty, love, and a few select gems in the rough.
To show appreciation for their contribution towards the project and getting their stories/personal important images out there, we would tie-dye tshirts for those who participated, and the initiative would give them a significant cut of the profits from their book if there are any.
If you think in general this idea is creative/important enough to blossom into fruition, let me know. Suggestions openly welcome. Thanks everyone! This is my new brainchild.