One of the last projects I have been working on—all the way up to my final days in country—is a photography course. I and another Peace Corps Volunteer designed and implemented this project together. We are teaching the students what makes for a good picture and how to take good photos. A major problem we have been having is that they are not taking enough photos. There are several reasons for this. One is that they cannot take the cameras home (in fear of the cameras not being returned), so they have limited time to take photos. Another reason is that they think there is nothing interesting to take pictures of in Shamkir. For one of our classes, we decided to take the students to a neighboring region—Gedebey. In Gedebey there are mountains and forests, so our goal was to take landscape photos. Just taking the students out of their every day really motivated them to take more photos. At the beginning to they would take, at the most, 20 pictures. On our trip to Gedebey, they all took over 70 pictures! A few of them even started experimenting with lights and shadows. Here is some photos of Gedebey, of the students taking pictures, and some of the student’s photographs.

Gedebey, Photography Students

Gedebey, Photography Students

Gedebey, at a natural spring

Gedebey, at a natural spring

Gedebey, Sheep

Gedebey, Sheep

Gedebey, Sheep!

Gedebey, Sheep!

Gedebey

Gedebey

Gedebey, PCV MaryEllen

Gedebey, PCV MaryEllen

Gedebey, Photography student

Gedebey, Photography student

Gedebey

Gedebey

Gedebey

Gedebey

Gedebey, Sheep

Gedebey, Sheep

Gedebey

Gedebey

Gedebey, MaryEllen and I

Gedebey, MaryEllen and I

All of Shamkir!

All of Shamkir!

Gedebey, photography students

Gedebey, photography students

Student A's photo

Student A’s photo

Student A's photo

Student A’s photo

Student A's photo

Student A’s photo

Student B's photo

Student B’s photo

Student B's photo

Student B’s photo

Student B's photo

Student B’s photo

Student C's photo

Student C’s photo

Student C's photo

Student C’s photo

Student C's photo

Student C’s photo

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