For Daniella Maiorano, photography was first a self-taught skill, then a career — one that led her from her home in Toronto to London in 2009, as she “fell into it” after working closely with a stylist.
But now, after her Kickstarter was successfully funded, she’s in Moshi, Tanzania, using photography as a way to help children and marginalized groups through her Club Sanaa project (“sanaa” means “art” in Swahili). Maiorano explains:
I have always wanted to do this project. It came about when I was working with a Colombian based charity in London. I initially was going to do this this project there (in Colombia), as I had some connections with non-profits through the founder.
Each week is focused on a different theme. They learn the basics from me, and then go out and shoot. After the film is processed we come back to the classroom to discuss and share images. The project is much more about creative expression than the technical side of using a camera.
Many of them have gone through traumatic life events; and by handing them a camera and giving them freedom of expression, I am hoping it will give them the confidence they need to share their stories.
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