Dear Hong Kong photographers & volunteers
This thread is to start planning volunteer photo sessions in Hong Kong for the 2011 Help-Portrait event on 10th December 2011...
Not sure how we should proceed but I think we can start throwing out a few ideas on the subjects we can reach out to ....
Also from the help-portrait blog... maybe we can discuss the following
My list of organization so far
- SVHK http://www.sv-hk.org/
- Pediatric ward
- A NPO called LoveUAll
I've contacted with the representatives of Dialogue in the Dark (DiD) / Da Vinci Education, the former a quite publicized social enterprise supporting the visually impaired while the latter one an English learning institution (with some connection with DiD).
Currently, from my understanding, Da Vinci is organizing a youth campaigm with HK gov's Labour and Welfare Bureau to promote free barriers for disabled. They cannot organize a separate event on Dec 10th for us. However, if we are interested, they agree to provide us a space to set up a booth at their upcoming events.
Following is their schedule:
1. Oct 16 (Sunday) DiD Experiential visits
This is part of the training of a project named " Inclusive Life - Show Your Different Abilities " Youth Campaign sponsored by Labour and Welfare Bureau. 48 youth are selected and trained as the ambassador to promote Free Barriers for Disables. They visit Dialogue in the Dark for a 75 minutes tour. After the tour, they will chat with the Visually Impaired people. You can take photos and portraits with the youth and VI.
2. Nov 12 & 13
2-day Art and Media Camp to train the ambassador. They will work with disables on some art and media project which will be displayed on the Fun Fair day which is scheduled on March 2012
3. Nov 26
The ambassadors will escort the disables to participate the SE Fair held at Wanchai Convention Centre. This is part of the training also.
Let me know what you guys think and if this fits our goal/intention....
More response came back. This time from SVhk, Social Ventures Hong Kong
They would like to introduce us two of their social enterprises
As quoted from SVhk's director
"Happy Grannies Elderly Sponsorship Program http://www.happygrannies.org.hk/aboutus.html
We have more than 60 singleton elders in the program and sponsor/volunteer will visit them every month. I'm sure photo has a special meaning to them.
Playtao Afterschool Program (under our incubation now)
We have around 60 students now in Tuen Mun and will have another pilot in Tung Chung of 100 children in second half of year. They are mostly from family with limited support or simply the lowest income group. We run program at school and with the kids, we could possibly reach their family too."
I have not discuss any detail with them but they seem to be more flexible than DiD. Let me know what you guys think, in terms of scope, workload, interest... Thanks!
Thanks for your work so far - it looks like SVhk is a great start...perhaps we should arrange an initial meeting to discuss possible NGO partners for the 10th December?
I'm not sure if there's a poll/survey function on Help-Portrait so I've set up a quick online survey here:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING THIS YEAR PLEASE DO COMPLETE THE SURVEY!
Sorry for not posting any update for a while, Here are some updates on my end so far....
Location and Subject
Neighborhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) will be providing us with subjects and venue in their Tung Chung Integrated Services Centre on December 11th, 2011. They will be inviting families from cases that they are working on, about 40 families as a start (they have plenty more). Mostly low income families or under welfare support. Since the subject will likely be overlapping those of SvHK, I told them that we can organize another one for them once we get a better idea of the flow.
NAAC has their bigger community room booked for that morning, so for the first part we will be working in 3 smaller rooms. So space may be quite tight. I've arranged a site visit early October 29, let me know if you have time to join.
NAAC would like us to shoot passport photos in conjunction with family photos.
One individual will be providing funding for items like backdrop, seamless, general expenses and probably some small christmas present for the kids.
SvHK is kind enough to help us connect to some senior people in Canon HK. They are open to sponsoring printing supplies, ink, paper. We need to summit a proposal to them for approval.
It would help promote the event a little easier to NAAC/subjects if there is a chinese name, wondering if there is an official chinese name....since the families are predominately new immigrants from China.
There is also a couple leads that we can pursuit
1. SvHK's Happy Grannies will be bringing about 50-100 elders for an outing in November. They hope somebody could help them do event photography
2. LoveUAll, an NGO active in Tsuen Wan, will be planning an event to photographing elders. Mostly they will be planninig, just need photographic support.
Any idea is very welcomed.
My name is Adam and I was involved in one of the H-P project in London [Richard House Children Hospice] some time ago but as I will be away in December I wont be able to attend London event and as Im going to Hong Kong my question is can I join your event on 10 December.
I'll be in HK on 8 of December for a week and then travelling to Other places. Not sure where im going to stay, need to find some hostel [never been in Hong Kong before].
Please feel free to join the HP event that day. Will fill you in when we have more details but it should be happening in a neighborhood close to the airport (not that you should stay close to it coz there isn't much going on around there)
For your accommodation, a popular stay for single travelers is Hong Kong Hostel, http://www.hostel.hk/ , very nice location if you don't mind limited space.
Anyway, let us know if you need any help.
Just reporting in after the site visit.
The site is Neighborhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) Tung Chung Integrated Service Centre is located fairly close to the main bus terminal.
The person responsible for this event, Connie, will provide us with about 40 families, mainly single parents, low income with about 2 children as subjects.
We will need 3 photo stations
2 x family portrait
1 x passport photos
I have enough gears to do 1x family and 1x passport only...
In terms of manpower, admin and makeup seem to be ok (more is of course better), but I still need more photographer/assistant/tech.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating and able to provide the gears to do so.
Your support is very important guys! There are quite many things to do and not too much time left.
In addition, there is another event on Nov 20th for Happy Grannies. They will be having an outing and bringing elders out to visit monasteries. If you are interested to help out, please let me know as well!
As Im traveling cannot take much gear with me so Im gonna have only my camera and lens, no lights, tripod or flash but should be ok.
40 families that a lot we need lot of photographers...
Tentatively, there will be 3 shooting stations, 2 for family portrait, 1 for passport. I just bought a couple background stands. Together with a set of studio strobes and a couple speedlites, guess there is enough gears for a couple stations.
We have about 8 hours of shooting available. What do you think in terms of timing required for each family based on your previous experience?
I totally agree that we need quite of bit of manpower for the day. Currently we have 3 photographers for the day (including you of course). A couple more would help rotate guys in an out.
Please PM me more info on your travelling plan as it get closer to the event.
I am up for this event and have a 550D and a good tripod. No flash.
Is there anything I could help you with in terms of planning?