Thursday, August 1, 2013


The Class for the 2013 Young Photographers was held at The Dempsey Center on June 22. The were eight participants and various family members in attendance.

The Class of 2013 with Parents and siblings

Tookie Bright, the Children's Program Coordinator for The Healing Tree and I hosted the event.

The primary focus of the morning was about "being in the moment" and how photography enabled one to "capturing a moment". Participants did several floor exercises to increase their awareness of "the moment". In one a parent and child were seated facing one another. One was assigned the role of Leader and the other was the Follower... so whatever action was initiated by one the other had to follow. And this was all done to music that was played at various temps. A lot of smiles and laughter.

After a photo op for all the participants and lunch, I reviewed some of the basics of portrait photography with the participants. Then, Holga 120 cameras were passed out to all. The camera is basically a plastic toy camera that shoots 120 FILM, This is NOT a digital camera. The participants were given one roll of film with 12 exposures and two weeks to shoot it. Their Portrait Assignment was:

"An image is forever. Capture an image of your parent TODAY that will inspire you to remember what is special about who he/she is TOMORROW". 

None of the paarticipants will see the images they took until The Exhibition opens the Friday night of the weekend of The Dempsey Challenge in October.

In the meantime I have visited each family and taken a portrait of each parent and child. It has been a very moving experience for me and I very excited to see the products of the Young Photographers efforts.