In 2019 our community started an exciting new project: THERAPEUTIC PHOTOGRAPHY!
It’s all about using photos to help core members to express themselves, their feelings, emotions, hopes. Imagine what this might mean to a person with very few words, if any: photos give them a chance to show others what makes them happy, sad, or upset. In brief, this self-expression builds up a person’s sense of their own dignity. Photographs are at the heart of our technique: we take them, we view them, and we talk about them. But to bring out the full meaning, we also use other art therapy techniques like drawings, paintings, collage etc.
The therapeutic photography sessions take once a week with a group of 5-6 core members. They are conducted by Robert, an art therapy student and photographer who is a member of L’Arche Brussels and currently working on our community as International Mission Assistant.
The first group Workshop ended with one final task: each person chose one important aspect of their life and made a photo-portrait of that.
Photos ©: Robert Laskowiecki / FMR India