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Children take photos of their Namibia - their way to school, nature and the steps project in Okakarara

Do you know ours? Christmas card from 2023? Anton Trexler took the photo. An 18 year old photographer who, together with his grandfather, fulfilled a dream and... Namibia traveled - more precisely to steps for children in Okakarara. For five days he does a photo workshop with the steps children in the afternoon, during which the children photograph their Namibia. In the morning he photographs the younger steps children in kindergarten and preschool for us. 

26 Cameras arrive
26 stormy and enthusiastic children and young people

steps Children in Namibia photograph their country with cameras
  • The task: Photograph the steps area independently with your camera for 90 minutes.
  • The most popular motifs: plants

DAY 1 - First time with cameras

For a whole afternoon - a whole steps afternoon after school - the girls and boys in Okakarara took photos together in small groups or alone. Each child was equipped with a camera that Anton, the 18-year-old photographer from Wiesbaden, and his grandfather Bernd Torke collected from friends and relatives and brought with them to Namibia. 

The task: Take photos of your favorite places on the steps site!

Previously there were instructions on how to use the cameras. The recordings were viewed and checked again and again on the small display, including with friends or Anton.  

Children take photos of their Namibia

DAY 2 - The first picture review

At the end of the first afternoon, Anton collected the cameras again and printed out a few pictures for the next day. He pinned these to the wall so that he could look at and discuss the different motifs and settings with the guardian angel children and young people. They looked at the pictures together and collected what they liked about the pictures.

Children's perspective: My Namibia. Children take photos of their Namibia

Children photograph their Namibia - with a camera they independently search for motifs that interest them. 

What we like:

  • Colors
  • different angles
  • Exercise
  • interaction
  • Direction of view
  • lines to the center
  • improve
  • Forms

By selecting the images, feedback could be given indirectly and the students started the second photo afternoon with a few more ideas regarding angles, color play and structures. 

DAY 3 - People, animals, plants

On the third day, photographs were taken in three groups, each with one topic. The first group was dedicated to plant motifs, the second group photographed people and the third group explored the animal world with the camera. For the first time, the young people were able to use the cameras to look for their subjects outside of the steps area.

Children take photos of their Namibia - for the first time outside the steps area.

The animal group presents their results.

DAY 4 - My way to school

On the fourth day there was a new task: Now the young people were allowed to take the cameras home overnight to photograph their home and their way to school. This afternoon would actually have been free - but all 26 students voluntarily came back to steps to continue taking part in the photo workshop with Anton. 


DAY 5 - The farewell

The fifth day was a day of farewell. The steps young people agreed: A great project is now coming to an end.

“We will miss you, Anton,” one of the guardian angel boys says to Anton on the last day. Clear feedback that he enjoyed both the project and the work together with Anton.  

“The individual perception of their environment through the camera left an impression on me. My passion for photography also left an impression on them. I hope to return one day to see my “Cool Gang” again. Maybe they have now become star photographers. Or they just have a little fun taking photos.” – Anton Trexler

Anton Trexler, photographer from Wiesbaden with young people in Namibia at steps for children 2023

Dear Anton, thank you very much for your commitment and for taking us with you to the photo project at steps in Okakarara! We are sure that the children and young people will remember the wonderful time they had with you for a long time. Now we wish you much success for your upcoming exhibitions!

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