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Threads of Hope: Photos from Southern Sudan

Yesterday I checked out an intriguing collection of photos on display in the main banking hall of Scotia Plaza in the Financial District. Called Threads of Hope, the exhibit is the product of efforts made by Krista Pawley (a Scotiabank employee) and CASS.

In January of this year, they handed out 22 disposable cameras to men, women and children living is Southern Sudan with the intent that each of them document their lives. Speaking with Krista yesterday, she mentioned how she tought participants (comprised of child soldiers, former slaves, nurses, teachers and school children) how to use the cameras and then quickly need to moderate their enthusiasm so they wouldn't take all the allocated photos (there were 27 on each camera) at once.

The results are striking and insightful. And since the photos were shot on film, those who took them have not yet had a chance to see the fruits of their efforts. Krista will be returning to Sudan later this year to share the collection with them.

Threads of Hope continues at the main banking hall in Scotia Plaza (44 King Street West) until May 31st.


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