Through My Eyes: Empowering Women of All Backgrounds to be Photo Activists

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Through My Eyes: Empowering Women of All Backgrounds to be Photo Activists showcases how each young photographer views the world around them. The goal of the project was to facilitate a safe, active, reflective and community-based module designed to help to relieve stress, foster personal growth and share the diverse range of perspectives of women from under represented perspectives including new immigrants and women from racialized communities. The ability to share stories and images is a basic human instinct that fosters learning and connection at a deep level across cultures.

The young photographers were mentored by photographer Douglas MacLellan. MacLellan is a mid-career photographer based in Windsor, Ontario Canada. His most recent photo book The Long Pause is about the imagery of our city under the pandemic lockdown. 

New innovative programs are needed for our times as WEST's participants have been learning from their homes, apart from the community of strength they relied upon for learning at WEST. The sense of isolation and fear created by COVID and racial tensions and protests coupled with social isolation over the last year has been extremely challenging for those people who are new to our community or are not represented by the current status quo. The presence of these women and their perspectives and voices are somewhat silent amid the alarming news and constant safe measures that are being taken for all interactions. WEST has an opportunity to take the initiative and pilot new ways of learning and enriching the lives of women in our community. 

The AGW is proud to partner with WEST on this project and showcase the participants work in an online display. ​

Explore the Photography Projects: 

Water Works by Amanda Abugu 

My Sweet Family by Fadak al Naely

May Be Their Beauty by Paula Ganko

Others Places of Worship by Tess Ogunjinmi

Hidden Art by Daniella Rice Asgedom

Pretty Abandoned by Lindsay Torres

Moderated by Sophie Hinch, join photographer Doug MacLellan and the participants in the Science Engineering Art and Technology program presented by WEST of Windsor (Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, Inc) for an artist talk and community discussion on their upcoming photography display: Through My Eyes: Empowering Women of All Backgrounds to be Photo Activists. The ability to share stories and images is a basic human instinct that fosters learning and connection at a deep level across cultures.

The SEAT Program (Science, Engineering, Artistry and Technology) is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps, Science, Ingénierie, Art et Technologie est financé par le gouvernement du Canada dans le cadre de Service jeunesse Canada.