I sent a number of disposable cameras to a few people - children and farmers - at a small village in Lesotho, Southern Africa and asked them to take pictures of their life. What returned are some truly amazing pictures, un-mediated by the professional photographer's eye.
I posted a number of them here, you might find them interesting. They are really amazing, especially considering they were taken by a throw-away Kodak, by folks who mostly had never even touched a camera before.
We are doing this as part of our Menu for Hope, the fourth annual fundraising raffle run by me and a whole bunch of food blogging friends to raise funds for the UN World Food Program - last year's campaign did over $60K in two weeks. This year's plan is to support the school lunch program in Lesotho, where the WFP not only feed the kids but is pushing a new initiative to buy from local farmers to support the program. We help feed the kids, which keeps them in school, and also support their parents and community farming.
I remain ga-ga over the quality of pictures taken by those with no training. Keep these in mind the next time you try to convince yourself you need that $2,000 DSLR.
Faces from Lesotho [ChezPim.com]