The Hero’s Room Photography Project – مشروع تصوير غرفة الأبطال
Mishwar’s “The Heroes Room” photography project with over 40 Syrian children in two camps in north Lebanon. Every child was given three months of classes on how to use a camera whilst before being given a disposable camera to go home and practise the skills they had learnt. Then the best group presented their work in an exhibition inside their camp in December 2018, inviting people from throughout Lebanon to come and see their work. This was followed by another exhibition in Beirut in April 2019, where the children came to Beirut and presented their work to a wider audience. Here are some of the pictures of the 1) exhibitions, 2) children’s photos and 3) lessons.
We would like to thank all those who donated to the crowdfunding page that meant we were able to do this project!
In Tel Abbas Refugee Camp and in Beirut
Some photos from the exhibition….
A house. I took this picture is about a house that I liked much, since I live in a tent but I would love to be in a house, so I took it.
Reflection: The reflection is of a caterpillar digger the yellow color of which, I love so much, was nicely reflected on the water surface, so I took the picture
I took a picture of my sister because I love her, she was crying because she wanted to follow me out
I took a picture of my dear friend on the road where behind her a beautiful view of flowers and she was so happy
Shadow: Tel Abbas, the main street, next to Al Qaddour Mosque. My brother and I went we went to the main street close to Al Qaddour mosque where we saw the water, and I asked him to stand before the water where his shadow reflected and the picture was very beautiful.
Reflection: I put a piece of mirror on the grass and then when the sunset, the image was reflected in the glass
Sunset: in Tel Abbas camp at 5pm. I took this picture because there are houses, trees, land, clouds and beautiful sky view
Loving Friendship: in Halba at 5.30pm. I took this picture because they were hugging each other
Me Next to the Elephant: in Tel Abbas camp. I was walking in the camp with the camera, so I decided to take a picture of me next to the elephant drawn by Mishwar Amal team on the wall of the camp’s rear. I took the picture to remain a memory along with the elephant drawn by teacher Ayman
Me and Bara’a: in Tell Abbas camp. I took the picture in the first chance I had the camera, I was happy and decided to take it that it may be a so beautiful, and the kid was overjoyed upon seeing the camera for her first time
My Brother: in Tel Abbas camp when Mishwar team was doing the great project in painting the tents. I took this picture of my brother because I love him so much
My Little Sister: in Tl Abbas camp at midday. I took this picture for my little sister because I love her so much, and behind her is a very nice view full of shiny colors and paintings. And thus, the days continue and life goes on.
Mohammed E. 14
Optical Illusion: at Midday. This is me, I was walking with my friend when I asked him to take a picture of me
In the Afternoon: my friends were playing so I asked them to take a picture of them what made them so happy
This is me Hiba in the garden inside the camp of Tel Abbas. I was sitting in the garden; I am beautiful because all her cloths are blue
This is Bayan; Nasser’s daughter in Tel Abbas camp. She was sad because I was taking a picture of her sister and not of her
Mohammed H. 14
Sunset: In Tel Abbas camp. I took the picture in Tel Abbas camp in winter because there was water in our tent
A Picture of Nature: In the afternoon of a very nice day in Tel Abbas camp. I took the picture because it is an afternoon charming view in a very nice day; I wish to stay with Mishwar Amal team.
Mohammed S. 14
Tel Abbas: This is a picture of trees, road, and cloudy sky reflection on the water
Tel Abbas. This is a picture of a happy kid taking a picture from above and the ground is seen; she is happy because I am taking the picture, and that’s a nice feeling when you bring happiness to the others which is the theme of this picture
Brother & Sister: in Tell Abbas camp, behind the beautiful garden in the morning of a nice day. These two kids were playing so I took a picture of them.
I Am Sad: behind the garden that we grew in the morning. I was sad, so I asked a friend to take a picture for me. We should not be sad or sad all the time; bright life will meet you in the future. I wish to stay with Mishwar Amal team.
Reflections: in the morning in the garden of Tel Abbas. I was so happy, because the beginning was so easy and I was nominated then to the big exhibition
Nature: in the morning in the fields of Tel Abbas camp. I took this because the field is so nice and it fills you with happiness and joy especially in summer
Lesson 1: Introduction with cardboard cameras
Lessons 2: Darkness and light in photography
Lesson 4: Angles and Direction
Lesson 3: Perspective and Distance
Lesson 6: Second round of Cameras given out
Lesson 5: Reflections
Lesson 9: Emotions and Representation
Lesson 8: Optical Illusions
Lesson 10: Design and Presentation
Lesson 11: Photo albums
Lesson 12: Preparation for the Exhibition
Exhibition: Children receive certificates