What is Picture Power
Since 2016, Christian Aid has been developing Picture Power, a methodology which allows participants in communities where we work to document the impact of our work as well as the challenges they face.
Over a week, participants are trained in basic photography to help them develop visual literacy and the technical skills to take a photo that tells a story.
The participants do not receive any instructions about what images they should capture. They chose and decide what to photograph.
Once they have taken their photos, each participants chooses their favourite shots and tells the story behind each one. All of their work is then shown at community exhibition.
The photos are the channel used by the participants to communicate the issues affecting them. The exhibition provides a space for dialogue about the issues raised.
The girls presented their photos at a community-wide exhibition attended by 600 people including well respected and influential people in the community such as teachers, priests and chiefs.
A teacher described some of the photos as ‘very disturbing’.
Having highlighted some of their issues, the community as a whole made commitments to improve the situation of teenage mums and pregnant girls.
Some of the commitments made by community leaders included:
- Involve boys to help prevent pregnancies
- Foster greater communication between parents and children and for parents to try to meet the needs of their children
- Educate the community about the law which punishes sex with under age girls
- The provision of vocational training for the girls, to provide alternative sources of income
Find out more about our Communications for Development work, which helps people tell their own stories in their own way and the impact of the Picture Power project in Nigeria