When You Give A Kid A Camera
The average kid in Northeast LA probably isn’t in a school with a thriving arts program, on track to be an International Baccalaureate student or afforded the opportunity to learn photography.
The Antioch Mentorship Program in Los Angeles knew this to be true and decided to take action. AMP is based in the Highland Park neighborhood and specializes in the arts and introduces kids to the creative process via filmmaking, music composition and photography. They asked me to teach and I was game. I stood in front of a group of about fifteen 8 to 12-year-olds explaining composition, camera mechanics and style. Yes, I was nervous. Then, immediately following my 20 minute ramble session, we stepped out with our cameras, film and digital, for a photo walk through Highland Park.
This is what they saw: