Fifty years of photos
Called Windows on the World, all of the photos in the show were taken by volunteers and staff in the70 countries where VSA has operated.
Rather than framed and arranged horizontally, the photographs are being displayed in vertical two metre high totems, each totem a theme – work, learn, eat, play, and belong.
“Belonging is a big part of what it means to be a volunteer,” says VSA’s Ruth Nichol. “They have a unique experience unlike a tourist. They get to see what life is really like.”
VSA had a photo exhibition at their 40th anniversary, for which they sent photographers abroad to the communities where volunteers were working. This time, however, VSA staff pored through 19 boxes of photographs dating back to the 1960s and their 10 years of digital archives to make the selection.
Windows on the World: Images from 50 years of volunteering abroad, Asteron Centre, June 6-15.