Photography Project (c) Andy Spyra

Humanity & Earth Photo Project

The photo project Humanity & Earth enables young Sri Lankan photographers to concentrate on the relationship between humans and earth. The photographic documentation of ecological focal points in Sri Lanka and their aesthetic presentation are the thematic key elements.

Together with the two mentors, Andy Spyra, well-known for his outstanding stories dealing with conflict situations and Liz Fernando, a German Sri Lankan concept photographer, the participants are developing various techniques and conceptual approaches to use the lenses of their cameras to tell stories that are based on ecological weak spots and make aware of sustainability-relevant topics in Sri Lanka.
 

Photography Roadtrip

The first Humanity & Earth workshop was scheduled as a 10-day photography road trip that took the group in May 2018 to various locations in Sri Lanka to discuss the relationship between humans and earth and different issues of sustainability.
 

Masterclass

Following the photography road trip, the participants were allowed to continue working on their projects and ideas that emerged during the workshop. Equipped with a seed grant, some of the photographers again traveled to the places where the ideas and first motives for their projects were created.

In May 2019, the project continued in form of a masterclass with the two mentors Andy Spyra and Liz Fernando. The masterclass focused on the development of the individual projects outcomes of the participants. It was therefore important that the participants had advanced their individual projects as far as possible at the time of the masterclass. The group shows a great interest in continue working together in the context of Humanity & Earth. In November 2018, for example, the participants encouraged, on their own initiative, to hold a workshop with the German photographer Robert Funke. Currently, the project group is planning to see how the results of the seed grant projects and the Masterclass can be exhibited and what opportunities exist for further cooperation.


Learn more about the projects and workshops that took place in the frame of Humanity & Earth:
 

2018

Coal Power Plant Norochcholai © Reza Akram

Photographic Journal of a Roadtrip

The first workshop was scheduled as a 10-day photography road trip that took the group to various locations in Sri Lanka to discuss the relationship between humans and earth.

2019

Die Humanity & Earth group during the Masterclass. © Andy Spyra

Masterclass

The 7-day photography masterclass took place in May 2019 near Unawatuna in southern Sri Lanka.