Getting youth behind the lens and learning about the power of imagery was the aim of Auckland Libraries’ May school holiday photography programme.
|Images from Waiheke Library's workshops.|
Libraries Youth Adviser Wendy Dreadon said the sessions had two aims: to teach visual literacy - the ability to read, understand and question the meanings of images, and to teach digital literacy - the ability to use tools and technologies to create, select and evaluate images.
“The focus of the workshops was not so much in teaching young people 'how' to use cameras or other digital devices to capture images - but to offer visual and digital literacy as an experience," she said. "Our young people explored stories, messaging and concepts through imagery, before planning and capturing their own photos.”
To tie in with the wider Auckland Libraries’ school holiday programmes, the photos taken were based around the theme of 'Horrible Histories and Heroes'.
|The photography workshops aimed to teach |
young people visual and digital literacy
The workshops were also a great example of how libraries collaborate with their communities.
“Libraries worked closely with Festival of Photography organisers, as well as creating a local flavour by consulting with resident photographers, local area schools and clubs, and members of their communities with a special interest in photography. The project was not only an example of innovative approaches to programming but an example of collaborative venture in action,” Wendy said.