PLS is an empowering and creative approach to build resilience, self-awareness and to develop wellbeing while learning basic photography. The workshop is a transformative experience that will challenge your individual way of seeing and thinking of the world. Photography allows us to slow down, focus, discover our outer but also our inner world and it gives us the opportunity to look at things from different perspectives. Especially in this difficult time with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to manage our anxiety and find ways to preserve our mental health and wellbeing. Our approach is inspired by mindfulness and positive psychology and we believe in the power of connection for wellbeing. Connection with ourselves, others and nature. A lens is a great tool to start connecting and looking in a new way.
Our workshops are very interactive and practical. You only need a smartphone or camera, curiosity and an open mind!
Workshops are in English or Italian.
I am a documentary photographer (MA Photojournalism) and a psychologist (member of the Belgian commission of psychologists). I trained in psychoanalysis, emergency psychology and phototherapy techniques.
Having worked with charities and NGOs in many parts of the world (Tanzania, Romania, Greece, North Ossetia-Alania, UK, Italy and Belgium) I met and listened to the most vulnerable women, men and children affected by psychological trauma. My experience as photographer and psychologist is a profound experience of listening and growth that allowed me to discover the infinite potential in every human being and in each of their stories. Photography, together with psychology, is a great tool for storytelling, it helps focusing and reduces anxiety and stress. My work is focused on exploring through photography and storytelling my clients' potential, celebrate it and nurture it.
My first workshop using photography as an empowering tool was back in 2012 when I was working with FGM and child marriage survivors in Tanzania. Since then I kept developing it and in 2018 I joined Advance charity in London to offer the workshop to domestic abuse survivors and women in probation.
In 2020 I moved to Brussels and founded Photography Life Stories to offer my service online to a wider audience.