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Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 11, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 11, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, October 11, 2019
Workshop offers an introduction to photo-based storytelling

A workshop on October 13 and October 21 will explore photo-based storytelling and introduce the Maine Coast Photovoice Project, designed to document development and change along the Bagaduce River estuary through photographs.

The October 13 event will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Reversing Falls Sanctuary at 818 Bagaduce Road in Brooksville. The same workshop will be repeated on October 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School Street, Castine. There is no cost to participate in either event.

Presented by University of Maine graduate student Kevin Duffy, the workshop will introduce the Maine Coast Photovoice Project, a collaborative, community-based research effort launched by Duffy last year.

Through the photography and visual storytelling of local residents, Duffy hopes to document the opportunities and challenges facing communities along coastal estuaries in Maine, according to a press release.

Duffy wants to recruit a small team of local residents for the project who would be willing to record their local experiences in photos and explore the diversity of perceptions surrounding the future resilience of the Bagaduce River estuary. Following an introduction to the project at the workshops, Duffy will facilitate an open discussion about how personal stories and photos can be used to document important environmental issues and initiate action planning.

This workshop is for any area resident interested in joining the research effort or learning more about using photos to organize local visions for advocacy and political action. For more information about joining the Maine Coast Photovoice Project or to sign up, visit the project website at bit.ly/mainephoto.

Duffy is a graduate student at the University of Maine and teaches Visual Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism.