I just met Matt…

I was sitting under a tree in High Park, minding my own business and reading a John Dewey book on education, when I met a guy named Matt who was removing a camera & sign hanging from a nearby tree. The sign read “take a picture” & “don’t remove”. Darn it, I hadn’t seen it hanging there; if I had I would have taken a picture of my eye…or something.

He wanted to make more of this project than simply the one year worth of images collected in this way from around the world and the accompanying website, takepicturedontsteal.com. When I asked him “why?” he wasn’t sure. He simply felt that another angle and media opportunity was needed to expand on what was happening with his project.

There’s a lot to be gained from an accumulation of testimonies. This got me thinking that an interesting assignment at this point in the project could be to put in place vox pop opportunities in schools to learn what is working and what isn’t by the students themselves …& perhaps the teachers…

OK, the politics of making this happen might be a problem…

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About cayoup

Colleen Ayoup was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. She has been engaged in media creation for nearly twenty years. After attending the Dawson Institute of Photography (Montreal), she worked as a commercial photographer for several years until the craving for different creative pursuits gave way. This desire led to two subsequent degrees in Psychology/Film Studies and Film Production (B.A., B.F.A) at Concordia University in Montreal. Her short fiction films and documentary, Kings (2001), about drag-king culture in Montreal toured festivals internationally. In 2004, she joined the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated Doc Shop, a program designed to give emerging filmmakers an opportunity to learn trade skills from industry professionals and produce a short documentary for broadcast on CBC. She also contributed to the development and creation of CitizenShift (citizenshift.org), the NFB’s first social-media website that she subsequently coordinated for five years. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)