Using the eye of the camera to address social issues
Students at DV8 media college in Brighton recently took part in a Social Dialogue Session as part of the WYRED project. Each student was creating a photo essay and a film project on issues that were important to them. Subjects ranged from online gambling addiction to the effect of technology on the behaviour of young children to the impact of stereotyping on youth groups.
One student had chosen to take portraits of the people in the streets of Brighton to explore the issue of diversity. If you’ve ever walked up to a stranger on the street and asked to take their picture then you’ll know how hard that can be. Another girl made a photo essay about Brighton at 4am showcasing the characters, colours and curiosities of the city streets late at night. “I was struck by how many people were out and about.”
The short film on the effects of gambling illustrated how certain betting companies will offer freebies and reminders and incentives for people to return to their websites. This can be very difficult for someone who is actively trying to give up an addictive and detrimental relationship with gambling. The films also showed how easy it can be to get into serious debt and the other severe consequences. “I was surprised how many companies offered incentives for people to spend a target amount each month.” Although only available to people over 18, the easy access from your smartphone as soon as you turn 18 is an issue that is important for some young people.
DV8 students will be uploading their projects onto the WYRED platform soon. They would love to get feedback on their projects and participate in online dialogues with other young people across Europe.
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