This is an exclusive chance to experience India during Diwali, India’s festival of lights and its most important holiday. Working alongside the staff of the Sambhali Trust, our NGO partner, you’ll be guided by PWB’s founder, Danielle da Silva, as she helps train you as a storyteller for social change. Together, you’ll document a group of women who are rising up, taking their power back, and challenging the caste system in Jodhpur.
This small-group photography and storytelling workshop is for those interested in working with a women's empowerment organization. Photographers will get firsthand experience documenting the lives and stories of those directly impacted by the work of the Sambhali Trust, an organization that is dedicated to promoting unity, independence and self-esteem amongst Indian women.
Proceeds from this workshop will help provide women and children with educational and employment opportunities that offer a sustainable, empowered livelihood.
Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, newfound skills, a PWB School certificate, and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine.
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Please note that this is a draft itinerary that is subject to change. The itinerary will be finalized and shared with participants in advance of the workshop.
Fly into Jodhpur where you will be greeted at the airport by a member of our team. During your time in Jodhpur you will be staying at a charming, traditional Indian guesthouse where you will feel at home surrounded by sounds, smells and beauty of India. The warm and welcoming staff of Sambhali Trust take you in as one of their own. Meet your fellow travellers at the beautiful villa after and have dinner together to taste some local Indian cuisine!
Ethics of Photodocumentary: We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change.
Finding and working with a team is essential for change. We will discuss how to find partners to work with and how, together, change can be made
Introduce a Social Change Story: We will introduce the NGO we are working with in India.
Take a tour of Jodhpur! Get to know the Blue City where Sambhali Trust operates. We'll take you to the famous Clock Tower market and show you the Sambhali Boutique, located centrally between the market and the beautiful fort that guards the city.
Join the Sambhaii Trust family as they celebrate Diwali! This will be a meaningful, noisy, and special celebration that will be a unique kickoff to the next two weeks!
For the next several days we will split into groups and visit the various centres and programs of the organization. Visit the boarding home for girls, empowerment centres, and get to know some of the incredible women and girls that make up the organization. Develop relationships, tell stories and amplify voices.
Art of Storytelling: Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story. In your first storytelling assignment, you will get hands-on, guided practice in telling a story with your images.
Power of Voice: We will work on bringing your own narrative and emotions into your work. Make your photos speak and say what you feel.
Learn how to create narratives through imagery by the way you move your viewer throughout your frame. Use of light, colour, shapes, multi-level photojournalism will all be shown as ways to use a single image to tell more of a story and to trap the viewers eyes
Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.
Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next step.
Travel to the charming desert village of Setrawa where we will spend two nights at the original home of Sambhali's founder Govind. Here they have built beautiful desert "cabins" that will serve as our temporary homes, and we will be hosted by Govind's aunts and uncles. You will have a chance to visit Sambhali's desert project that serves women and girls in more isolated circumstances and have the chance to see and document beauty like you have never seen before.
Through discussion and examples, we will encourage you to venture into social change and impact territory with your photography.
Back to Jodhpur to prepare your final assignments.
Presentations! Putting together everything you have learned, we will learn how to give a captivating presentation and tell your story so that you can continue to be an advocate for Sambhali Trust and women's empowerment after you leave India. We will give our presentations to the Sambhali staff so that they get a taste of what we have been up to.
Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.
Put all that you have learned and shot to the test! Each workshop attendee will have 10 minutes to get up and share images and stories from the trip.
Together there will be a discussion for each presentation on how to share images for impact and change.
Time to say, "See you later!" as our staff take you back to the airport for your flight home.
Ready to go to India?
International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
Applicable tourist visas
Tips or gratuities
Optional tours or optional admissions
All transportation between program activity destinations and to/from all included activities
Accommodations: Shared rooms at family-run guesthouses (Single Room supplement: $350 USD)
Meals: All meals
Staff & experts: PWB Staff, Sambhali Trust Staff
International award winning photographer and founder of Photographers without Borders Danielle Da Silva to teach an exciting and intense 14 day workshop. This workshop will take participants into the Blue City of Jodhpur to team up with a local NGO recognized by the United Nations and for its achievements in empowering local women. All profits from the workshop go directly into a fund to purchase sewing machines for women. Learn advanced techniques from leaders in the industry and bring your photography and voice to a completely new level.
Danielle Da Silva is the Founder of PWB and is an avid traveller, photographer, and director. She has been on the TEDx stage and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic and Huffington Post. Danielle is also on the board of the Dandelion Initiative, a coalition of women advocating for sexual assault survivors. Danielle is a mentor, coach, reiki and supporter of women on their journeys in business, life, and dealing with trauma.