Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alvaro's Photography

Alvaro lives at Salem International in Mindo, and goes home to his mother's house on Friday and Saturday. His family used to live in Quito and he went to the best school, had a nice house, but everything changed when his dad up and left one day, plunging the family into poverty. His mother brought them to Mindo, but wasn't able to cope when Alvaro became depressed and she asked Salem to take him in. He loved using the camera, specifically the Nikon 5700 that Mary Ann L. from my photo club in Plymouth donated. Always asking lots of questions, wanting to know when I was coming back and using the camera until he understood it well. Jonas has put him in charge of the cameras after I left, at Alvaro's request, and he's set up a sign out sheet and organized the lot of them. It is so heartening to see him blossom and create images of his own choosing, he took the camera everywhere and here are some of my favorites. I think he has a great eye and has captured some wonderful expressions and moments of his everyday life. What do you think?

Alvaro's self portrait. He is 13 years old.

I'm not sure who all the people are he photographed, I wasn't there. I believe this is his primo, cousin.

Sister and half brother.

Current father figure and half brother.

Self portrait in a bathroom mirror at Salem.

His mother and step brother.

His mother and her boyfriend.

I love how he posed these family members against the blue wall!

At school. I think the girl on the right is his sister.


Jonas at school with Alvaro's professor.

His mother and sisters.


At Salem.

A meal at Salem. Jonas kindly invited me to lunch when I was there, a great place to eat, all open to the outdoors. And never cold!

I took these last 3 shots of Alvaro.

He's really into photography!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Victor's Photos

Ugo took this photo of Victor, me and Yulissa.

Victor, 11 years old, captured some wonderful images of life around Salem in Mindo, all on his own with his first access to a camera donated by one of you! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I have lessened the resolution on these photos as I have had some complaints that it's taking too long to download this blog, let me know what you think.

Jonas, the very capable leader of Salem Mindo with his children.

Not sure how Victor took this shot, I didn't rotate it. Turned the camera upside down?? Who does that??? Good photo!

Doing homework.

Karen, also from Germany, takes good care of the children along with Jonas.

He's not feeling too well.

Janet, my friend from CT, taking the children to the plaza for photos.

An innocent passerby that Victor asked to pose for him.

Paula works at Salem, too, and is from Mindo.

Victor popped into this store to take her photo.

Not sure who these people are, but a part of Mindo life that I don't have access to.

Another happy child!

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