Tailoring Class
One of the projects organised by CHIN gives girls and young women the opportunity to acquire a skill that enables them to earn a living. Many of them are single mothers who have lost both parents to AIDS.

These two girls (from a group of seven) are being instructed in tailoring. After completing the course they will be further supported in setting up their own business.

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Tue Oct 09, '12 10:08AM
Uploaded By: Ruud van Ruitenbeek  

 

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Media ID 20121014020506214  
Date Tue Oct 09, '12 10:08AM
Comments 4
Views 1278
Uploaded By Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Aperture Value f//7.1
Date/Time Tue Oct 09, '12 10:08AM
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Focal Length 24 mm
Image Description One of the projects organised by CHIN is to give girls and young women the opportunity to acquire a skill that enables them to earn a living. Many of them are single mothers who have lost both parents to AIDS. These two girls (from a group of seven) are being instructed in tailoring. After completing the course they will be further supported in setting up their own business.
ISO 6400
Make Canon
Metering Mode Pattern
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed Value 1/40 sec
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It would be interesting to go back to them and get a more "eye level" view of them actually sewing at their machines, truly practicing what they have learned. You could get some wide angle shots showing some of the background, and you could get some really close crops of them right down near the needle intently guiding their material through. That would really personalize it and place me in their space.

I have a few more photos from this occasion. To place them into context: taking photos was not the main reason I was there. I was part of the project team seeing how these women had progressed. Your comments are valid and had my photography not been purely incidental I would have taken more time to get some of the shots you suggested. I did not want to intrude on their learning time too much. I did take some eye-level shots in another room that was even darker than this one.
Edited on Monday, October 15 2012 @ 09:53 AM EDT by rvanr

I can see where Walter is coming from, but this image stirs a lot of memories for me.  I really like the look on the young lady in the foreground and wonder what she is thinking.  I am glad to see these things are happening and hopefully will help them.  Zambia is one tough place to live.  

Well Ruud, I've never been to Zambia and I don't have technical advice for you. Just wanted to say that I am really enjoying these "Notes from the Field" that you keep posting about your time on this excursion. This is why I joined TPN and I myself am in no position to contribute anything from far off lands for the foreseeable future. So thanks for posting and please continue!