Thursday, July 5, 2012

Teaching Photography to the Deaf

Patricia Evangelista is a first year SDEAS student who is an 'alumna' of the "Foto Baryo" project. She was featured in "Ako Ang Simula," a public service show broadcast on ABS-CBN last June 27, 2012. The crew, including Jessalee Depusoy, Michael Gareera and Jerome Dela Cruz, interviewed Patricia and her sister about her passion for photography which she was able express through Foto Baryo in her previous school.  

“Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa in San Pablo, Laguna” is a school for special children. They provide education and skills training for the blind, deaf and those with autism.

In 2006, the school was discovered by a group called “Foto Baryo.” They are a group of photographers who teach photography to children for free.

Fernando Afable, the organization’s founder, was a photographer based in the United States. But his job doesn’t end with taking photographs. He wanted to share his talent and see more children grow up as good photographers.

Afable and his group believe that each photograph is unique because every person who takes them has a different perception of the world.

That was why they started teaching deaf students, thinking that they also have compelling stories to tell.
Despite their lack of funds, Foto Baryo was dedicated to developing the skills of the deaf. The group can only provide five cameras to its twenty students.

In spite of this challenge, the students were enthusiastic. They may not be able to express their thoughts through words but they were able to convey it through photographs.

Foto Baryo was impressed with their students. Some discovered their innate talent in taking vivid images. 

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