Making dream pictures, a reflection by Esther Jeohn

At Shalom Primary School, we worked with two different classes for the Dreams project. The first class was our guinea pig as we found out what worked and what didn’t work. We found out that the students did not really have a concept of a picture being a freeze frame. We couldn’t really capture them moving – or they would be blurry. It took a while to explain that if they wanted to be in the picture as a clear image, they would have to freeze. We had to explain to the second class before taking the pictures so that they would have a better idea of how to pose for the pictures.

For my group, I had to remind them several times and they still did not seem to be getting it. Dejected and worn out from a long day, I almost gave up, but then this picture happened. Something clicked, and the students after that seemed to understand that they had to freeze. Getting across language barriers and cultural barriers – that’s the thing that makes me feel the most accomplished here in Arusha. Even getting across the smallest things like asking a taxi driver to pick you up, going to the market and asking for fruits and vegetables, or even having a conversation (as short as it might be)… sooner or later, as long as you keep at it, it’ll click!

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