When photographer and Young Global Leader (YGL), Gina Badenoch, found out that this year’s YGL Forum would be held in Yangon, she immediately thought about how she could offer a voice to local people.
At her workshop in Mexico, Badenoch has been teaching blind people how to take photographs for the past seven years.
“It is a way to develop ability through disability,” she explains at the exhibition photographs—the result of a month-long photography project in Myanmar—during the Young Global Leaders Forum on June 3.
“The camera can become a connection for blind people to the outside world,” she says.
Badenoch took 35 cameras and visited monasteries and nunneries nearby Yangon spending time with young nuns, monks and people with various disabilities to form “a spiritual link” with the country.
The resulting exhibit is a beautiful insight into their lives and for Badenoch was a way to connect the YGLs who are passing through Yangon for two days with a broader vision of Myanmar.
“A little part of my heart stayed here,” she says of her time in Myanmar and her wish to visit and teach Myanmar people again.