Usually in the capital cities, the life of young people is characterized by wide range of activities and a freedom of choice. But my students asked whether it is possible to talk about social problems in society, if in ordinary conversations this does not always work? This became the central theme of our work for the next weeks. For few hours every participant talked about personal tensions that they fail to communicate with others. Next meeting we decided on the five themes for our shootings. All of it had to show to the older generation that lives of these young people goes on in a different time and in new rhythm. We were making bridges between "old" and "new", at least within the framework of our project.

LOCATION: Yerevan, Armenia
PARTICIPANTS: girls and boys, 14-17 years old
COLLABORATION: TUMO Center for Creative Technologies


The idea of the first shooting was suggested by a participant who is the student of the  mountain climbing school. She and her school friends often hear that this is not an activity for a girls. She showed us an old black and white photograph of her idols who have conquered many mountain peaks in the past. We asked her friends come for the shooting in their hiking clothes. In our photo, they were making an ascent to the central city monument - a metaphor for the fact that they want to conquer their own peaks in their own ways.

 


Among the participants of my master class were few young painters. It was they who brought us to the central park, where several generations of painters have come to paint and sell their works. An old image shows a drawing lesson for teens, that was organized here on weekends by eminent portrait and landscape painters. Our young artist came here with her canvas. It's an electronic tablet. The guys defend their right to be inspired by classical art, but to create their own pieces with help of new technologies. The student complemented the final picture with her drawings.

 

This old photograph was brought from another student's family archives. It depicts people who just came from small towns to work in the capital and were waiting for resettlement in new houses. Here the guys wanted to find not differences, but similarities. Each generation is on the road, looking for itself and embracing changes.  And we reshoot the image as it is with master class participants as protagonists.


 

 


A traditional portrait always has elements of culture and history: clothing, postures, gestures and symbols. SO what is if the hobbies of youth today can become tomorrow's history. Many participants in the workshop said that being “different” is still condemned in traditional society. To shoot our own portrait, they invited friends, whose hobbies and interests are reflected in their public image. This became their statement about the freedom of expression.

 

 


To support our idea about the changes that time creates for different generations, we've included in the project the second chapter - the study of the urban environment through photography. Each student worked on this part of the filming independently to consolidate skills and train a journalistic vein. Each had to select several archival images of the city and reshoot it in the same place and from the same angle. Interesting stories and discoveries awaited not only the guys during their independent filming, but also all the viewers who came to the final presentation.


Young authors of the visual research "Mixing old and new" have tried themselves not only as filmmakers, but also as writing journalists. They prepared short essays to present each shooting and read it during the final presentation. The guys raised their concerns, using the methods of visual research, work with archives, contemporary photography and journalistic articles.

 

 

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