PhotoStory Research

For the next project in Location Photography, we are going to create our own photostories. Right now I still don’t have any idea on what I want to do.

I went onto Google and I found a website that’s based on PhotoStories.

About the website: ‘PhotoStory is a non-profit organization offering projects that teach photography, video and writing skills to people around the globe, focusing on women and children. By conducting participatory educational workshops, often in marginalized communities, Photostory promotes literacy, encourages creative expression, and nurtures self-esteem and empowerment.

PhotoStory work with individuals, local and international groups, non-governmental organizational, schools, and community learning centers to arrange individualized workshops taught and Deirdre Portnoy, Project Director.

During a workshop, the children and/ or women use simple cameras and journal writing to create their own photo storybook. We also share and discuss the photostories from past projects. The PhotoStory process enables individuals to visualize and express different aspects of their daily lives, and help communicate the collective experience of diverse groups and cultures.

In these challenging times, it is essential that we personalize our common human experience. The PhotoStory project contributes to multi-cultural exchange and dialogue by sharing these stories though international presentations, exhibits and the Internet.

Personal photo stories connect the global community and weave a vivid tapestry image-by-image, story-by-story, community-by-community – that challenges stereotypes and deepens empathy and understanding.’


I really liked the PhotoStory about India.

1st & 2nd Picture


1st – ‘We worship the cow as our mother. We feed our children cow’s milk. Cows also give us calves, which are used for ploughing the fields when they group up. We make yogurt, butter, ghee and buttermilk from their milk.’

2nd – ‘We harvest mustard. We use the mustard oil to keep the children’s skin soft. We also use it for cooking. Fried food such as “poori” is always made with mustard oil.’

3rd & 4th Picture


3rd – ‘When the children are back from school in the afternoon, we bathe them, have them wear clean clothes and then feed them.’

4th – ‘After that we clean the house and the yard, help the children do their homework, help them read their books and to talk to them about practical things useful in everyday life.’

5th & 6th (End of story)


5th – ‘After the daily routine, in the evening, the women learn how to use the sewing machine.’

6th – ‘In the evening when everybody is home, we cook dinner. We all sit together and eat. Then we go to sleep.’




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Jenna Patel

Student at Ravensbourne University, studying Digital Photography.

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