Our students do some amazing work………..
First year Loyalist College Photojournalism student Annie Sakkab photographed 25 aboriginal women at the Community Wellbeing Centre in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
“I wanted to do it because I think photography is a powerful medium in helping women overcome self-esteem issues. So when Betty Carr-Braint, the director of the wellness centre, asked me if I was interested in taking photos of the women at the reserve, I thought this was a great way to support the women by giving them the opportunity to have their portraits taken professionally.”
Carr-Braint described why and how she came up with the idea.
“When I was thinking about all the missing and murdered aboriginal women across Canada, would they have ended up there if they had somebody to help support them and for them to engage in their own beauty?
“We often are critical of our own beauty and we don’t even recognize it, so I think this project would bring some focus to the women in the community and know the things we hold against ourselves,” said Carr-Braint.
Below are some of the images from the shoot on March 1 with some insight into why the women wanted to have their photo taken.
For more of Annie’s story , see page 7 of the March 6 edition of the Photojournalism Pioneer, downloadable by the link at the end of this post.