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BTNEP partnering in ‘Voice of the Community’ project

BTNEP partnering in ‘Voice of the Community’ project

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is partnering with Daniel Kariko, East Carolina University Professor of Fine Art Photography, for the Documenting Louisiana’s Wetlands: Voice of the Community project.

The project will involve up to 15 participants from the Terrebonne and Lafourche parish communities, who have access to mobile phones with integrated cameras.

The purpose is to empower the community of Southeast Louisiana to record personal narratives in light of recent environmental and cultural changes in endangered wetlands of the Barataria-Terrebonne estuary and the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will use the method of Photo Voice to create a “visual diary” and draw attention to personal concerns regarding their culture and heritage.

“The project offers learning experiences for schools, families, and community groups that speak to the need to preserve these habitats, and allows a broad promotion of this issue,” said Kariko.

The participants will receive a short training in best photographic practices and will be provided with a broad list of subjects and questions they should photograph and comment on. For example, participants may be asked to answer how their environment changed in the past 10 years.

The anticipated data collected will be photographs with short captions provided by participants and short videos. Participants will be asked to email their photographs and short videos to Mr. Kariko for possible publication to the Documenting Louisiana’s Wetlands website.

Anyone who is interested in participating needs to send at least 10 photographs or videos recorded by your cell phone to website manager, Kariko at KarikoD@ECU.edu. An initial meeting for the selected participants will take place in Thibodaux in February. The date, time and place will be announced at a later time. The project will take begin in early spring 2016 and last through early summer 2016.

“First and foremost, my goal is the photographic documentation and preservation of the culture, landscape, and history of the estuary, through community’s participation,” said Kariko. “This participation facilitates discovery and world-wide access to a comprehensive compilation of visual narrative related to Coastal Louisiana.”

For more information regarding the project contact project/website manager Daniel Kariko at 252-328-4063 or via email at KarikoD@ECU.edu.