Green Room began because Marina Shacola wanted to give the children at The Sophia Foundation for Children orphanage, 'Makarios Childrenâ€™s Home' in Kenya a space where they could reveal their own individuality. A place where they could express their inner feelings from fear and ambition to tenderness and anger but also a place to imagine, dream and play. The children come from very difficult backgrounds and although the Home provides them with a safe and caring environment it is difficult for them to express their uniqueness. Shacola asked the children to choose how they wanted to be photographed and the children did the rest. Some pose with their brothers and sisters, others wear hand-made masks, or come with toys as props but the thing that unites them is a willingness to reveal themselves, to share their lives with the photographer and her camera.
Marina Shacola (b. 1963, Cyrpus) is a photographer living and working between Cyprus and Kenya. Working specifically within the fields of portraiture and street photography, Marina began her career as a photographer for leading lifestyle magazines in Cyrpus. More recently Shacola has focused on projects concerning humanitarian and social issues on an international level. Some of these projects include 'ATHLOS' for the Athens Olympic Games, UNHCR projects in support of refugees, â€˜Just Care' concerning the challenges of children in Africa, the 'Green Room' a tribute to the children of the Makarios Children's Home in Kenya. Marina has an MBA and holds degrees in law and sociology as well as a diploma in History of Art. She is the co-founder and president of the The Sophia Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization in Cyprus, created with the scope of helping children in need in Kenya and Cyprus to change their predicament through safety, nutrition, medical care, and education.