Sep 10, 2018

Final Report: Deaf Vietnamese photo students

This will be the final report on the photo workshops for deaf students in Vietnam.  Our photographers continue to send us images from their communities, which we love posting on the MY STORY photo project website.  Last winter we delivered money from the sale of prints in Thailand and Canada to 3 of the students; big grins all around!

While this is the final report for this project, the MY STORY photo project continues to run photo and video workshops for refugees, women and girls, and youth-at-risk in SE Asia.  Our current project platform is Look at Me! Giving HIV+ Women a Voice.

Nat and I thank each and every one of you for your generous support.  We oould not have done it without you!

Jun 12, 2018

Deaf Students are now photography workshop leaders

In class: what's this button for?
In class: what's this button for?

It's been 16 months since the MY STORY photo project first worked with deaf students in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam.  Those students helped us when we returned in February, 2018, to run another photo workshop with 18 more students.  And did they take photos!  Being deaf is no challenge for these photographers; in fact, it seems to sharpen their sense of vision. 

At this writing, some of the original photo workshop participants have left the Tuy Hoa school to seek jobs in their communities.  They have been sending us their photos and we have been posting them on the MY STORY photo project website:

The newest batch of photographers, who finished their training this past February, are passing on what they have learned to their colleagues, with the aid of the MY STORY photo manual ( translated into Vietnamese). 

Thank you again for supporting this project.  We only wish you could see the pride in the faces of these new photographers when they see their work displayed!

Susan & Nathaniel Tileston

Directors, MSppa

Assignment:  Shoot someone moving
Assignment: Shoot someone moving
Mar 15, 2018

Photos without Words

Assignment: shoot someone at work. photo: Ly
Assignment: shoot someone at work. photo: Ly

Thank you for making this project possible!

Students and teachers spent 5 very full days at the MY STORY photo workshop in northern Vietnam.  Each student was paired with a teacher, given a point-and-shoot digitial camera,  and given shooting assignments that taught them about light, focus, point of view, and most importantly, how to create a photo essay without words.  Assignments included: making a portrait of your partner from three different viewpoints, shooting something moving, using flash and natural light on the same subject, and composing a photograph where the subject is anywhere BUT the middle of the frame.  On the last day of the workshop, students presented a group photo essay they shot, with one image from each participant.  Once again, we were overwhelmed by the enormous amount of cooperation and genereosity these students exhibited.  Their photo essay documented the life of a deaf student at the school.


While students are on their summer break, teachers have returned to their rural communities to share their new skills with other community members so that they too may have a voice that can be seen.

The MY STORY photo project looks forward to posting photos from workshop participants on our website ( and facebook page (my story photo project).

Assignment portraits:  Father & son.  photo: Linh
Assignment portraits: Father & son. photo: Linh
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