Type of Activity: Trust
Props Needed: None
Set Up: Group needs wide open space with no tripping hazards. Have the group partner up.
Process: The teaching theme is to demonstrate how you can use a partner as a camera. After having made appropriate comments about how a camera is like a human eye, ask the pairs to determine who will be the camera first and who will be the photographer first. The roles will switch after some pictures are taken.
The "photographer" will ask the "camera" to close his/her eyes, and then lead them to a spot where there is an interesting object that you would like to record on retinal film. Using the human camera body as an infinitely mobile tripod, set up your partner's head (the camera) in such a way that his/her closed eyes are directly in front of the chosen object. Gently pull the ear lobe to activate the shutter. At this encouragement, the "camera" opens and closes the eye lids (shutter) very quickly in order to record the scene. Take three pictures before switching roles. After each person has had a chance to be in both roles rejoin the group to discuss the experience and the pictures that were taken.
This activity is not only a shared experience of high quality, but also a trust sequence that leads to good feelings and a useful pairs' rapport. Be sure to talk about trust and personal boundaries before beginning.
- What was it like to be a photographer?
- What was it like to be the camera?
- What were some of the pictures that were taken?
- What were some feelings that came up for you?
- Why is it important to build trust between partners?
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