After weeks of planning and rejection, a change in plans and running behind time, and self imposed delays – a chance meeting became a highlight of the day with Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

MCC-MP(C) Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor Robert Doyle gives FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras JUNIOR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER and soon to be FRIENDSHIP AMBASSADOR to New York a hug. Photo; Name withheld.

Arriving on location at the Melbourne Town Hall close to the scheduled time, the Kids With Cameras involved in the FOCUS FORCE CITY of CONTRASTS foto workshop overstayed their time. Busying themselves finding images of the building, and others of flowers they looked for their SUPER SHOTS for this special project. FF KWC Project Coordinator Phillip noticed a car come out from the gates, and park on the street. Anticipating the possibility of the LM appearing the wait began.

This went longer than could be afforded, and eventually the driver advised that  he would not be out for another 20 plus minutes. It was only a short walk to our next location, so after a short discussion with parents, we moved on and if finished in time  would return. That’s what they did, and rushed back  after completing another highlight for the day. Again, we waited, and now the KWC were getting more than hungry for their SUPER SHOT. Eventually nearly 45 minutes later the man appeared. A brief introduction to the kids with cameras and their purpose for the day saw him respond positively, and although running late, Councillor Doyle made these avid young photographers day not only posing for them but ensuring that each of them had a shot of themselves with the man himself. SERENDIPITY! 

In the coming days we will tell you more of the serendipity hanging around this project, suggesting that is meant to happen no matter what!

It goes with out saying that the Kids With Cameras were chuffed for their photo op, and hope that the Lord Mayor will follow through with his invitation for him to make his CHOICE for his favourite  of the SUPER SHOTS to be submitted for the CITY of CONTRASTS foto shoot. Madeleine Puli, Jourdan Kovetski, Neave Leyden and Matthew Borys headed out off the city after what had been a long, and for them what had been exhausting but exhilarating day.

It was  a hectic day commencing around 9.30 am with a brief on the day, then HARVEY NORMAN QV franchisee Con Georgiades meeting the giving them inspiring words and them presenting them with FREE PRINT VOUCHERS. A good start to the day for the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras as they headed out on their mission full of unexpected adventures.

THANK YOU TO HARVEY NORMAN PHOTOCENTRES in the QV CENTRE MELBOURNE for rewarding the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras with FREE PRINT VOUCHERS. CHECK OUT THEIR DEALS FOR Kids With Cameras and others at ;http://www.harveynorman.com.au/


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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