in the heart of one of Bangalore’s more popular nurseries, I blurted: “Would you like to learn photography?”
Ready for a muted reply, I was completely unprepared for the response I got.
We were at the Indiranagar Centre for the Association for People with Disability (APD), Established in 1959, APD strives to enable people with disabilities to move towards self-sustainability and empowerment through a host of educational and vocational training programs.
The centre we visited front-ends an extremely popular nursery that has been built around a free ten-month residential program in horticulture for people with disabilities. The objective of the program is to help such individuals develop employable gardening skills while simultaneously enabling them to manage their lives on their own.
Every activity at the place is handled by the resident trainees: right from growing the plants, to helping customers choose, till managing the daily accounts. Spend a few minutes here, and it is difficult to not get overwhelmed by the air of optimism and commitment that inhabits this place.
Struck by a strong sense to contribute, I offered to peddle the only skill I own – hence the question that began this tale.
I was not sure of what their response would be; would they see photography as a pointless pursuit, would they be encumbered by the language barrier that exists between us (I speak only hindi, while they speak none of it), would they be too shy to try. Before I could even think of other such pointless questions that we’d readily mire ourselves in, ‘Yes’ came the prompt reply.
My mind was made. And Happy Camera Club was born – To teach photography to the less privileged and leave them with an additional skill set to choose from.A win-win situation our first bangalore photography workshop is starting soon
Now we have had a total of 14 registrations . They come with no experience of holding a camera and a variety of reasons for wanting to do so.
We begin classes on … Volunteers most welcome.