Salt Summer Camp: Danny Martinez On Storytelling

Alicia Hansen - Thursday, August 28, 2014

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. 

-Daniel Martinez

Salt Summer Camp: Austin's Teaching Experience

Alicia Hansen - Thursday, August 28, 2014

by Austin Canales

I've never before had an experience teaching. It was something I felt that I could do, however I never saw myself as being knowledgable enough to teach anybody anything. I was utterly amazed at the experience I had teaching the middle school students at MS 113 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at Camp SALT. I had never seen so much potential displayed by a group of young kids ages 9 to 13. 

However, that wasn’t all. I fell in love with the community of Fort Greene. The diversity of people and cultures that were there was something I had not seen before, not in my neighborhood at least. I have grown up without much privilege and opportunity. I didn’t have so many available experiences in a single neighborhood. I didn’t have as diverse of a school, as friendly of a basketball court, and as united of a community. I only spent about four days there, but I felt at ease walking through the neighborhood. It was an amazing experience. I hope more like it come in the future. 


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