Pinholes for Syria

In June 2014 I will be volunteering in southern Turkey teaching pinhole photography to Syrian children refugees.
Zeb Andrews
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Portland, Oregon
United States
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In June and December of 2013, a team of volunteer artists, athletes and dentists, working as the Zeitouna Project, traveled to southern Turkey to help Syrian refugee children.  The volunteer team taught art and sport to help bring joy to these displaced children's lives.  Working as part of the larger Karam Foundation, the Zeitouna Project will return to Turkey in June of 2014 with another team of volunteers.  In the Karam Foundation's own words:

With over 2 million refugees and 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), Syria is now the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime. While the brutal living conditions of displacement severely affect all Syrians, the children are the ones to bear the highest trauma of war: lost homes, lost security, lost communities, lost educations. These factors threaten to culminate in lost futures of an entire generation.

Zeitouna, an arts & sports program for displaced Syrian children, counters these traumatic factors by rebuilding bonds between mentor and child, rekindling inspiration and creativity, restoring confidence, and reclaiming the innocence of childhood. The program was borne out of three simple concepts:

• EVERY child deserves to play.

• EVERY child deserves a mentor.

• EVERY child deserves to be inspired.

I will be a member of that team this summer and will teach basic photography, particularly of the pinhole and sunprint variety.  The children will build and decorate their own cameras and then make their first exposures.  For many of these children, these simple cameras will be the first cameras they have ever owned and those first images will be the first photos they have ever made.

As for me?  I have been using pinhole cameras as a way to slow down and appreciate the world around me for ten years.  I have used and made cameras that have ranged from highly-designed, elegant lacquered wooden boxes to those made from oatmeal containers, paint cans and even once, a pumpkin.  Wherever I travel, it is a safe bet that a pinhole camera of one type or another is in my bag.  I have taught photography for several years in my hometown of Portland, Oregon and I frequently donate my time lecturing to middle schools, high schools and college classes on my adventures with pinhole cameras.

Due to a segment filmed about me on Oregon Art Beat by Oregon Public Broadcasting, I was approached by a member of the Zeitouna Project and offered a spot on their summer 2014 team to travel to Turkey and help Syrian children by sharing with them my love of and excitement for bending light and making photographs. 

The project is entirely voluntary, with neither compensation nor a budget for supplies.  This is where I need your help.  The goal of this campaign is to raise the necessary funds to cover travel expenses to Turkey as well as supply costs, including: materials for building and decorating cameras, photo paper to load into the cameras, the chemicals needed to process the images on site, plus the myriad other items like changing bags, safe lights, cyanotype paper, etc that will be needed.

This is a group effort.  Sure, the team of volunteers in Turkey working in the refugee schools may just be a handful of people, but it is supported by people like you.  This project succeeds with your help.  In recognition of that, every person that donates $25 or more will receive a handwritten postcard by me, featuring an image from my experience on the front and recounting a story from the trip on the back.  Other perks include prints of pinhole images I have made over these past ten years, from the beautiful to the bizarre.  It's your choice and what a huge array of choice you have (you can check out a small gallery of my work on Flickr).  I will be bringing home at least one pinhole camera that I make in Turkey and one lucky donor will receive that camera.  Other donors will receive home-made (rough but functional) pinhole cameras that I will make out of something or other - the surprise will be half the fun and more than half of the point.  And if you really want to get into the spirit of pinhole photography, I am offering a full-day pinhole workshop with me along the windswept stretches of the Oregon coastline, the lush depths of the Columbia River Gorge or the upper limits of Mt. Rainier.  I'll even bring all of my own pinhole cameras for you to play with and will provide both the film and the processing. 

Not only do you have the opportunity to earn some neat perks in the form of pinhole cameras or prints, but even more importantly you have the chance to help some children - to use art to brighten their day, week, month or even entire life. 

Sharing this project with family and friends, via Facebook, Google +, Twitter, etc is an important way of helping as well.  Please spread the word.

And thank you, for any and all help you provide.

To learn more:
The Karam Foundation
Zeitouna Project
Zeb Andrews Photography

Avatar image courtesy of Chris Nelson and the Zeitouna Project, video courtesy of the Zeitouna Project.
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  • $25USD
    Postcard from Turkey

    You will receive a handwritten postcard upon my return from Turkey. The card will feature an image from my travels on the front and a short story detailing my time teaching with the children in the camps.

    20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    Pinhole camera from Turkey

    As part of my teaching, I plan on making at least one pinhole camera myself as demonstration. The camera will likely be made out of a cardboard box or tube and will not be pretty but it will work and will carry a lot of emotional significance with it. You get this camera upon my return home along with an image made at the school with the camera. You also get a handwritten postcard. This is a unique item and only 1 is being offered.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $250USD
    16x20 framed pinhole image

    Donors at this level will be able to choose one image from my entire collection of pinhole images for me to mat and frame for them. Frames will be black wood with acid-free white mat board. They will also receive a handwritten postcard and their own Turkish Evil Eye amulet to help ward off the harmful effects of the evil eye.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $250USD
    Homemade pinhole camera

    I will make you your own custom pinhole camera built from found materials around my home: a photography book, basketball, old camera body, it could be any of these or more. The camera may not be pretty but will be tested and comes with 5 sheets of paper for exposing. Developing is up to you. A postcard and Turkish Evil Eye amulet will also be included.

    1 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $400USD
    One day pinhole workshop

    This perk grants the lucky recipient (or person of the donor's choosing) a full day BYOC - Bring Your Own Camera (I will have all my cameras available for use in the event the attendee does not have their own pinhole) - workshop. This workshop will be held at the attendee's choice of the Oregon coast, the Columbia River Gorge or Mt. Rainier. Travel expenses not included.

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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