Disposable Photography Workshops, Competition and Display by Candice Mostert

Candice Mostert Photographer

Mycamera, Fuji South Africa and the Cape Town School of Photography collaborated in a community project created by Candice Mostert called ‘Time in our Pockets’. This project provided locals of the Overberg area with disposable cameras, giving people an opportunity to photograph their lives in picture form and providing us with an idea of the sustainable and social development of the area.

The cameras, (sponsored by Fuji Film) were handed out to learners at the Emil Weder High School in Genadendal and other people in the area who were interested in participating in the photography workshop. The workshop took place at the school where Candice Mostert taught the basics of light and observation as well as the importance of art and expression.

The film cameras carry 27 photos on each roll of film. Each participant was given categories for 20 pictures of their film that brought out housing, environment and social issues and promoted skill based subjects. The last 7 photos were left to their own imagination. MyCamera printed the chosen photographs and they were exhibited on the day of the first annual Trash to Treasure Festival of Transition in Greyton. The photographs were silently auctioned with the money going back to the photographers and Greyton Transition Town and their projects in the Overberg.

The community told their own stories through this exercise and highlighted things that need to be addressed. The project also created a possible career opportunity for learner Llewellyn April, who won a days course at Cape Town school of photography for his amazing photos.

Candice also coordinated the Trash to Treasure Upcycling Challenge and the Trashion Show. She is an independent photographer from Cape Town, freelancing for the independent newspapers. She met Joseph Stodgel, event designer, and Charles Dick Hutchinson (who will be running a workshop on ecological education) on Long Street one afternoon. After learning a bit about Greyton Transtion Town in the Overberg area she chose to drive up for the weekend to do a photo journalism piece. So struck was she by the work being done, especially by the three visiting students from the Schumacher College in Devon, UK, that she decided to return and invest herself fully in the projects, especially the Trash to Treasure Festival and it’s Trashion fashion and photography components.