The Positive View ‘Take Aim. Shoot!’ project uses photography to empower disadvantaged young people on some of inner London’s poorest estates. It helps them acquire new skills while building the confidence and self-esteem that leads to a positive, fulfilling future and a sense of community.
The programme, delivered by Endz2Endz, is presently taking place on one of London’s most notorious estates - the Somerlayton Estate in Brixton. Here young people think nothing of staying out all night in an environment where gun and knife crime is rife.
Away from school, youngsters growing up there are faced with a host of temptations that can lead to violence, crime or worse. As a result, it becomes a major challenge for any young person committed to growing up as a positive member of the community.
By her 14th birthday, Chloe had witnessed first hand the social deprivation, sporadic violence and brutal turf wars that were part and parcel of life on her estate. It was against this background she came in touch with ‘Take Aim. Shoot!’. She describes her experience of the programme.
‘Take Aim. Shoot!’ relates to my life. It let me meet up with other young people who are similar to me and could relate with me in my hard and good times, and it felt good learning together”.
“At the beginning I wasn't too interested because photography is not something I wanted to do or learn. But I was wrong, taking part made me understand how I could observe where I live in a positive way. It was fun and educational and something I can now share with my friends.”
“I learnt a lot about cameras too - aperture, shutter speed and ISO, I didn't even know they existed in a camera”. The project focused on my using the camera to document my estate and the surrounding area, which I am now continuing to do as a further six month project.”
“Photography has taught me how to be patient and focus to get the result I want, I now have a camera that I can use to document and hopefully in the future become a photographer.”
The charity that makes the ‘Take Aim. Shoot!’ programme possible for young people like Chloe is Positive View. It is run by people who have a deep knowledge and love of photography and are committed to using it to change the lives of people for the better.