A Taking A Trip Darkroom Is Letting Kid Photo Their Own Refugee Experience

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A Taking A Trip Darkroom Is Letting Kid Photo Their Own Refugee Experience

” People are constantly asking me, What are the results of kids impacted by war, or refugee kids? But it’s constantly about joy.”

Published on October 18, 2021, at 3: 19 p.m. ET.


Enis Yucel.

Two individuals operating in the taking a trip darkroom.

Serbest Salhi’s taking a trip darkroom differs from practically any other worldwide– a couple of miles over the Syrian border in Turkey, it proceeds a trailer drawback like a caravan from town to town. The darkroom works mostly with kids, the majority of them are refugees like Salih himself.

” I’m from a town on the Syrian border,” Salih stated. “After ISIS assaulted, I concerned Turkey and began dealing with NGOs as a professional photographer. I was presented to the Sirkhane social circus school, which deals with kids. Through them we produced the Sirkhane Darkroom, a mobile photography task for refugee and regional kids, which deals with analog photography.”

The darkroom deals with kids from neighborhoods all over Turkey, beginning with Mardin and Istasyon near the Turkish– Syrian border. The taking a trip container studio operates as a class. The kids choose the topic on their own, however Salih stated that the photography concentrates on the more jubilant and spirited minutes of their lives.

For the kids and households on the border, the displacement and refugee experience has actually been a taxing and consistent truth of the last years. With Mack Books, the darkroom took input from trainees in the program when curating a collection of their photos for the book i saw the air fly, out this fall.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Muhaamed, 17, from Reqqa, Syria.

What was your intro to photography?

I began photographing in 2012, when the Syrian crisis was growing. There were a great deal of displaced individuals from city to city, pertaining to Aleppo. As soon as I saw individuals’s pictures and deals with, I was motivated to photo them. I signed up in the photography department at Aleppo University, and I finished in2014 After I finished, I concerned Kobani, and after that I pertained to Turkey.

How did the darkroom begin?

I run the task by myself, under Sirkhane, a social circus school and not-for-profit. In the start of the task, my pal and I developed it together with financing from an NGO. After 10 months of assistance, the financing ended, so we did fundraising to continue the task.

I’m wanting to utilize the mobile program to reach more kids– it is a really helpful tool and lets households understand more about the workshops. They believe that photography is too difficult for kids. They wish to send out the kids away to have a bit of time alone. After they see the outcomes of the workshops and the interaction, they take it seriously.

During COVID-19, we got assistance from NGOs who sent us web, however a lot of kids didn’t have a smart device, so they primarily weren’t able to gain access to online workshops. We simply began holding workshops in person once again, and the kids are truly delighted.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by İbrahim,13, from Qamishli Syria.

What are a few of the styles that the kids picture, when you provide video cameras?

I’m constantly amazed by the kids with this job. You see various sides of the kids and brand-new things each time. Individuals are constantly asking me, What are the impacts of kids impacted by war, or refugee kids? But it’s constantly about joy. They do not share minutes of unhappiness with us, it’s constantly about having fun with their buddies and about joy.

What’s something that regularly amazed you about this work?

First, grownups to believe that kids will not take an excellent picture. The kids are really little, they utilize extremely easy electronic cameras. They share their world, their personal minutes in their houses when they’re having lunch or breakfast, when they are playing inside or outside the house. It’s about joy. They are having fun with shadow light and enjoying themselves. The darkroom isn’t their only art education. There’s a great deal of other classes, however when you are not going to school, you do not have access to a great deal of things, like incorporating with kids.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Rojin, 14, from Mardin, Turkey.

What were your hopes in beginning this job?

For the kids in the future, I hope that art will continue to be a great tool to empower them. You can see it after they take part in our workshops, they enhance and they begin revealing themselves. I’m constantly informing them that they can continue this after the workshop, that they can utilize their mobile phones to take photos. Often I speak with kids who took the workshop 3 years earlier, and they are still taking photos.

We wish to utilize photography as a language to incorporate all the neighborhoods in the location. There might remain in a town Arabs, Kurds, Iraqis, Syrians, Kurds from Turkey, Kurds from Syria. We wish to let them utilize photography as a language to reveal themselves and bring this neighborhood together. With digital, they can erase pictures straight, if they do not have the self-esteem or if they believe that it’s bad. With analog photography, they can’t see the pictures. The kids need to concern the workshops, establish, print, and see all their outcomes. They get self-esteem and begin thinking in themselves throughout this procedure.

Maybe a previous trainee will take control of or continue this task. My objective is not to need to look for financing; financing is truly crucial. My objective is to discover individuals to contribute pre-owned video cameras, which example.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Refai, 12, from Alhasake.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Sultan, 14, from Nusaybin, Turkey.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Melek, 11, from Reqqa, Syria.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Selma, 10, from Derbasiye, Syria.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Ibrahim, 14, from Alhaske, Syria.


Sirkhane Darkroom.

Photo taken by Ahmed, 10, from Alhaske, Syria.