They say a picture paints a thousand words. A photograph can be a compelling way to tell and capture one’s story.
In September and October 2015, seasoned professional photographer, David Lok of Studio DL (www.studiodl.com.my) is conducting fortnightly workshops with 40 school-children ages 11-12 from Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Ladang Sungai Raya in Langkawi. These children are descendants of a rubber-tappers’ community in the Kisap area, on the north-eastern side of Langkawi. Their charming little school itself is tucked at the edge of a rubber estate.
Under David’s guidance, the children will be encouraged to tell their own stories, using cameras as tools for creating their narratives. The photographs will be curated into an exhibition that will form part of theSuatukala Showcase.
To equip the children with the necessary tools for the workshops, the Suatukala team sourced over 40 used cameras from donors around Malaysia. For some of the children participating in Suatukala Photography Workshop, these cameras are the first ones they or their family have ever had the opportunity to use. The images the children produce will also be compiled into individual scrap books for them to take home as mementoes of their time with Suatukala Photography Workshop.