The Eye of the Lens
Start date: 9 January, 2017
End date: 25 November, 2017
The Eye of the Lens Canada – A Digital Story project’s goal is to collect perspectives in self-portraits of what Canada means to the residents of Olds, Alberta and region. By highlighting diverse groups that make up our country and community, this is an inter-generational, educational and art-based initiative. Participants will have their photos taken with something that represents Canada to them and share their story with a creative team.
Nature of the Project Reach
As Canadians, we are known as being a friendly, kind country of people. The Eye of the Lens Canada project is meant to educate and remind us of those who have made up our country. Our community of Olds is a rural community. This project will highlight that we come from many different and diverse backgrounds. It gives a voice to everyone enabling them to tell their story of what Canada means to them, increasing our residents understanding and compassion towards one another. Digital storytelling encourages self-expression, communication, exploration, and social justice. It empowers those traditionally without a voice and builds bridges between communities. Digital Storytelling can open our eyes to different forms of oppression and challenge the notion that there is an ‘us’ vs. ‘them.’ Digital storytelling represents the diversity of communities and opens up the mind and the heart. It provides an avenue for people to reflect upon and make meaning from their experiences and share their deep emotions on a topic is a safe way. We believe in the transformative power of story and understand its critical role in building a more just and sustainable community. The collection of digital stories will build a variety of lasting mediums to celebrate and educate our communities from a diverse perspective from our community. The Digital stories will be the combination of text, pictures and graphics, video, voice and music to create a first person narrative. We intend to use these mediums to have our community individually tell their story that will discover the true the fabric of Canada through the collective lens of citizens in Olds, Canada.
The project’s goal is to collect perspectives in self-portraits of what Canada means to the citizens of Olds and area. We extend an invitation to all community residents to participate by attending one of the “Canada 150 Photos Booths” that will “pop up” throughout Olds from January to October 2017. This project will culminate with a digital legacy and an unveiling during the months of November and December 2017.