I've had the amazing opportunity to help teach a week long photography course for students at Junior High School 113 in Fort Greene Brooklyn along side an amazing photographer named Ruddy Roye.
Aside from his remarkable skill he is an amazing person and really has a passion for what he does. While I’m suppose to help assist Ruddy in teaching children about photography I found myself listening to him and being a student myself!
One thing that really came across to me is the importance of a story, and having something to say in your photographs. With that said, this is one of the first photos I’ve taken that I feel has a genuine story in it.
While I watched the two children sitting in a playground while being totally immersed in the iphone I laughed at the irony of the situation and quickly captured the image. Growing up just before the era of technology skyrocketed I was able to enjoy my time in the playground. I find it sad some kids just wont experience their first “scraped knee”. Thank you Ruddy Roye for your inspiration. You’ve changed the way I look at photography and I’m forever thankful for that. Its a pleasure to work beside you.
SALT student for 2 years
By Lewis Escano
Through my photography, I love to tell stories and capture moments; show the little details and the joys in life. Photography opens my eyes to the world around me. For example, the following story of Mario:
I went to Honduras during the summer of 2010. I met a little kid named Mario who lived across the street from where I was staying. It turned out he was an orphan. He liked my hair. I have what you might call big hair. He didn’t speak at all. He also didn’t know what a camera was, so I let him play with it and look through the viewfinder. He took a picture of me and then when he saw it on the back of the camera, he just looked at it and then back at me and then back at the camera. He didn’t know what had happened.
After that, I went every day to play with him. I photographed him every day. I also tried to get him to talk. I bought him a ball and some chips, and slowly he started to trust me. A week before I was supposed to leave, he talked! He said “bye” to me when I was leaving his house.
This made me want to pursue my interest in photography to tell stories and help others.
by Devin Osorio
I am currently in the process of creating a fashion portfolio for my college application to Fashion Institute of Technology. I was trying to find a way to incorporate both my love of fashion and photography in hopes to make me stand out. With this in mind I spent a day in Kristen Somody Whalen's home (she's one of our photography teachers) studying piles of books filled with pictures from fashion photographer greats such as Louise Dahl Wolfe, Melvin Sokolsky, and Hiro. Within these books I came across Ewing Blumenfield's image of a girl under a veil. This picture blew my mind! It was exactly what I wanted for my portfolio. In my mind, I saw an image of a girl with fabric blowing from her face and one of my accessories dressed beautifully on her neck, creating a cross image between Victor and Rolf's "Flowerbomb" campaign and the outfits for the guy in "The Elephant Man".
So with Alicia's help in the photography studio, I had my model stand in front of the window creating beautiful soft lighting which worked great against my models skin and face shape. I used a black card in back of her to make the colors of the fabric and accessories stand out.
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