I'm being a little cheeky posting this here, but thought I'd give it a try!
I run a weekly photography group for people that experience mental health challenges and we are currently running a crowdfunding drive to get the group a DSLR setup.
The group was established in the beginning of the year and meets weekly, going off to various locations about town or spending the afternoon back in the community centre with me helping the participants learn how to edit and print out their imagery. So far they have been using their mobile phones for this activity, but of late the group has hit a wall in regards to the creativity allowed, the editing limitations and the crippled printing quality that using an old mobile phone limits you with. The majority of the participants are living under the poverty line and have poor grade mobile phones to use.
We have an exhibition on at the moment, something that all the participants never believed they could actually achieve! The members have experienced a huge lift in self-belief and general mood as a result of actually producing something of an artistic manner and then putting this out on display for the public to see.
For the last few weeks, I have been taking along my backpack with my Canon 6D and a bunch of lenses and the members have been having a fantastic time simply operating it on Aperture Priority mode, allowing them control of the aperture and the ability to express themselves through playing with selective focus, from razor thin DOF to full focus in landscapes.
Problem is that we have eight participants and only my DSLR to share amongst everyone! So, on Sunday, I put out a call on an Australian photography forum that I'm a part of, asking for folks to donate any old DSLR's/Mirrorless cameras and their lenses that they aren't using. So far I've received a Canon telephoto lens, which needs a body to go with it, and a Pentax K20D with a Tamron 90mm macro lens! I have a bunch of old Pentax manual focus lenses, so we have one more working DSLR to share around the eight participants.
I, however, dream big! I'm envisioning each of the members being able to make use of a camera for all of our sessions!
If you can help with some old kit you may have laying around gathering dust, please drop me a line. It would be greatly appreciated by the group.
Or, if you'd like to make a donation to the group or share our quest via social media, we'd truly appreciate the help.
Thanks in advance,