Through the Northern Eyes ~ An Exhibition of Photographs
Sinnapillai Sinnamuthu (68) is a widow, her daughter is a widow and her grand daughter is a widow due to the bloody war in Sri Lanka
The first ever photo journalism exhibition was held in Jaffna from 21st of November 2011 to 23rd November 2011 at Media Resources and Training Centre, University of Jaffna. Photos taken by the participants were on display. They were trained in basics in photojournalism, difference between photography and photojournalism, camera handling, light, angles, composition, capture various moments including news photos, write caption, ethics, safety for photojournalists and visual story telling through photo journal. The professional training was conducted for 10 days. Journalism students (diploma and degree) and working journalists in the peninsula including some senior men journalists have shown great interest in learning from a woman trainer.
They have managed to capture photos, despite the continuous heavy downpour in Jaffna. Photos depicting fishing, demining, resettlement, historical buildings and places, livelihood, religious rituals, people and post war development were captured vividly. Most of them shared with me during the training "Miss!, I never handled a camera, and do you really want me to go to the field and capture photos? How can I do?". But, I am glad to note and share that they have captured terrific moments of life in the north of Sri Lanka.
“I never thought that ethics should be followed in photo journalism as well. But now, I am trained to follow ethics while taking photos” shares Puvitha Paramalingam, student of diploma in journalism.
Photographs illustrate the lifestyles of Jaffna peninsula.
“I am glad to see the authentic Jaffna culture is depicted in the photos displayed on the wall around us. We have great potential. We should explore our hidden talents more and more” says Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna Professor Vasanthy Arasaratnam.
The term "photo journal" or "pictorial" or "photo essay" was new to many.
“An excellent collection of photographs are displayed. More of this kind of training for media is needed” says Daya Master, Head of Operations, DAN TV with his usual big smile.
“Although I am unable to understand Tamil, but I can see the destruction caused by the conflict through these photos” shares a Sinhala viewer.
"Please extend training such as this to devastated Vanni region as well. People in Vanni need to learn too" a humble and emotional request is made by Latha Kodeeswaran while tears filled her eyes.
Photo journal of fishing story in Munai, Point Pedro
Participants with the trainer
The Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna Professor Vasanthy Arasaratnam is taking a closer look at the photos
1930 ~ 1950 is considered the "Golden Age"of photojournalism
Senior lecturer of Lingustics, University of Jaffna Vimal Swaminathan viewing the exhibition
This is the first exhibition for many participants
Many photos foster discussions
Rare opportunity to view photos related to news
Photos of current resettlement in Selvapuram in Maavittapuram
An array of angles taken by the participants
Photos Palmyrah weavers from Tholpuram
Photos of footwear maker Velautham Uthayashankar in Vathiri
Daya Master viewing the rare exhibition
Students of Jaffna Hindu Collge viewing the photojournalism exhibition
Photos of a painter and his paintings at Maavittapuram Kanthaswamy temple which is currently being renovated
Photos of tobacco makers Ponnuththurai Suntharalingam and Azhagar Vairavanathan from Navakkiri
Photos of roosters in Maruthankerny at early morning
Photo of rare religious rituals in Mallaagam
Sharing some moments
Photos of demining in Thellippalai
Photos of traditional livelihood of Jaffna
Photos of Manalkaadu in Jaffna
Photo of freshly caught fish
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