Giles of GINO (G) Projects is heading to India in July initially as a filmmaker for the 40K organisation who have set up a school and run an after school education program created for kids living in poverty or with limited access to a good education. After that engagement he will also be taking Bluey the yet-unnamed Camera through remote areas of southern India for a month during which time he plans to explore the possibilities of Portrait Equality and see what it brings.
He has travelled and lived in various parts of the world partaking in a variety of different projects (mostly audio visual related) and always been aware of the fact that the subjects of the filming or photography rarely get to see the finished product of the image or images in which they were portrayed. He hopes this project will allow him to interact and collaborate with a local community in a creative way.
I expect many of the people I meet to benefit from this project. It’s such a nice gesture to have a tangible product to give in return for being immersed in another’s culture. It’s also a real image that can be cherished without interrupting the normal flow of one’s community (an effect that some charitable gifts and aid can sometimes cause). I like the idea that we are sharing stories, memories and ideas.
The family photos we have of my grandparents, my parents, our childhood, and even my early travels before things went digital will always be special as they are taken, produced and shared in an entirely different way to the majority of today’s shots.