Dear Anna, Thank you.
So as you all might have gotten the post-it note that I just recently got back from Guatemala - and like most things in life - the most unexpected will be the most influential - it may even build up off of a foundation you had that you were not fully aware of.
This is exactly what happened to me.
I have been teaching students art for four-years now, plus being a mother, I have been pulling from children's incredible point of view and incorporating it's innocence into my own work as a maker. I also have been the photographer for my daughters school and their adventure days - and finding a sense of connection of the outdoors, exploring and adventuring with kids and their outrageous honest selves has been so rewarding for myself. But I never really thought that teaching & working with kids was ever combinable with my own personal work as a maker in my own studio or for class work.
And then I met some wonderful kids while in Guatemala who had never seen their picture, let alone a camera and with me who spoke ZERO Spanish, I was able to bridge a huge language barrier with photography and it became some soul touching and mind burning that now I'm desperate to get cameras to children in various developing and third-world countries.
Which then sparked the notion to start more home based and give my own children and students 35mm disposable cameras for them to share with the world their POV, what they deem as valuable and important and beautiful.
I'm not sure where that will grow with my senior project but it's a foundation that makes me so excited to make, to photograph, work with my students plus adventure and go explore. Finding beauty in the world, even if it's in my own backyard. I'm so ready to dive into the deep in to combine my love for traveling and adventuring, my love for teaching and working with students, my love for making and photography, and my love for that language, cultural and social connection with people.
So over this week along with all of this brainstorming, I contacted my partner in crime at the Prichard Gallery which I call a second family and home and got permission to bring in the cameras with wavers for the kids parents (to cross t's and dot i's). I also edited photos of my Guatemala trip which has been helping me really focus in on what I want to be doing with my Senior Project + my thesis but also with my program Adventure with Purpose and making a bigger difference in the world one snapshot at a time.
With Grace & Guts
Go and Adventure with Purpose friends!
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