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Photo-documentary of Team India trip during 2019

During October and November in 2019 for three weeks, I had the honour and privilege of documenting a series of photographs with a team of Paramedics and firefighters who were delivering life-saving first aid skills to underprivileged school communities in India.

The photographs were to captured in a documentary style similar to my wedding work. It wasn't straightforward to do because the kids loved having their pictures taken, and they wanted to get in on the action as much as they could. They were particularly keen on the selfy style photographs with all of the team. They were very polite children and a pleasure to teach.

I will never forget the enthusiasm and obvious joy from every child's face! They hung onto every word that spoken. They wrote everything down, and they participated wholeheartedly, they were unequivocally appreciative!

Team India 2019, who has previously delivered first aid training to the Indian communities and were welcomed at every event. — often remembered by teachers from the previous trips they had made.

For me, my journey began with a taxi from Ystrad Mynach to catch the bus from Cardiff to London. I was staying the night in London hotel with some of the team before catching up with the rest of the group at London Heathrow airport the following morning.

The trip took us to the following destinations.

  • London to Bangalore

  • Bangalore to Delhi

  • Delhi to Amritsar

  • Amritsar to Kolkata

  • Kolkata to Ranchi

  • Ranchi to Delhi

  • Delhi to London

The journey lasted just over a very fast-paced three weeks. It was an experience that I will never forget and hope to participate in again in 2021.

I photographed well in excess of 2,000 photographs. Below are just a few of the training images captured during the trip. In between the training days, I was out with my camera shooting the streets. I will post these in another blog soon.

London to Delhi begins
About halfway and flying at 596 miles an hour
Team Photograph on arrival
Schools out to welcome us
A welcome at the school for us
A special hearty welcome for us
Training started and Dennis demonstrating CPR
Kids loving the fun of the training
Father David welcoming the team
Preparing for the festival
Comparing notes with the teacher
Our transport between schools
Mandy demonstrating the recovery position
A visit to The Golden Temple on a rest day. Fantastic Experience.
Tea and biscuits at the temple
Back to training. Injuries time for Martyn
Welcome from the school
More training about the recovery position from Jay
Good old iPad
Steve blowing up, the training head
An extension to the school. Soon to be completed
Another welcome to the team
Dennis thanking the school for such a lovely welcome
The look of concentration
good old clingfilm
class taking notes at the training class
checking for pulse
Good old fashioned posing with the teachers
Children's playtime at the school
Steve passing on his knowledge during the training
End of session at this school. On to the next one.
Dennis planning the next session timetable
Dennis and Parvinder pointing a few things out

Good old edd, Joining in the fun
Correct bandage technique
Teachers getting involved with the training
School extension underway
Break time and a walk to the tea room.
On stage demonstrations
Typical class-room at the schools
Children and teachers showing us the drawings for the festival
Mandy and Julie demonstrating some first aid skills
CPR Techniques
Father David presenting Jay with his flute ?
Dennis demonstrating head injuries
Class demonstration
Local police posing for a photograph with some of the team
Waiting for the training to start
Concentration from the class
Jay and Mandy demonstrating to the class
Rest day. Out to see the town
Another school ready for training
Another welcome from a school
Presentation to the Team
Steve giving the class some good advice
Footwear left outside of class
More concentration from the class during training
Teachers and students attending a class training session
Open and airy school for the long summers
Checking the airway
Team presentation
Very grateful school giving us a fond farwell
CPR by a teacher at the school
Jay demonstrating the patient airway
Our transport awaits

Edd with his hat

Always a lovely welcome
Classrooms along the school corridor
Another lovely welcome from the school
Group photo and presentation
Bandage training
Another farewell and grateful thanks from the school.
Another recovery position demonstrated at the school
Parvinder looking cool
Julie is now relaxing while Mandy does the work
In the school corridors
Great fun that broke up the normal school day for the children

our school guide
more children's artwork
He just wanted to get into the act of training.

Break time at the school
More of the festival art by the children at the school

Let the sleeping dog sleep
Music in the playground
More CPR, but more interested in the cameraman
At the end of the days training

More tea
The Local news

Children's artwork

School involved in making the artwork
one of the very few images of me with some new friends

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