JARLI BALCKMORE Waiting for a train in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, FOCUS FORCE KWC project coordinator Phillip Williams was surprised when a lady with two children in tow said “hello.” Not recognising the family, he eventually approached them, and then realised that it was Jarli Blackmore with mum and sister. Jarli, you will know as having works on show at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show where he has for the second year collected an award certificate in the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION. Blown away by the coincidence (is that what you call them; or perhaps serendipity) they chatted and heard that Phillip was on his way to the show to put the finishing touches to this years display. They were in the city to arrange distance education for the children who were about to depart on their second part of an Australian tour. Hopefully, we can expect to see some more of Jarlis works enterered for the 2014 show. It has been a long time plan to include the Flinders ranges in the Rockley Exhibition.Why do these things happen, and people thrown together. Watch for future instalments.
ALSO IF YOU LIVE IN DERWENT VALLEY, STAWELL, OR BELLARINE ECHO areas, and also SORELL in Tasmania – watch out for this weeks papers.


About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

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