On June 1, 2017, we celebrated our 14th year’s final presentation with our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center. Each student shared their photo narrative with our invited guests. Current students, staff, alumni and members of our community were so proud and honored to see the remarkable journeys each of our students made this semester. We are filled with such pride for our remarkable students.
Last week we had our studio shoot creating portraits of our partners achieving their evolutionary goals. The experience was truly magical.
Our guest artist Nayland Blake came to our class to share his work with us. We spoke about the power of art as an activist tool and how artists express their life experiences through their work. Our students then shared photographs from their projects with Nayland. It was an enriching and beautiful experience for everyone.
We began our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center with a partner portrait assignment.
This year in our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we focused on our personal evolutionary goals through photography, group psychotherapy, writing, and public speaking.
On the first day of class, we set out on our journey by creating partner portraits to photograph our evolutionary goals. This assignment introduced us to DSLR cameras. During the shoot, we shot worm’s eye views, bird’s eye views, representational portraits, and communicating our ideas through gesture. This shoot helped us face personal issues that are going on in our lives, and in the world we live in.
For our Guest Artist’s visit, we were lucky enough to visit Lyle Ashton Harris’s studio to look at his work and discuss his life experience as an artist. After he shared his work with our class, we each shared our work in progress with him for critique and dialogue. The experience was enriching for all of the participants and staff.
In our studio shoot at ICP, we each created a self-portrait of what our image of success looks like after achieving our evolutionary goals. The experience was incredibly therapeutic and enriching to our projects.
We had a great opportunity this week to photograph in the studio at ICP. Each student worked hard preparing themselves for their studio shoots beforehand with personal writings and sketches of their desired picture. Each part of the image; lighting, cropping, and pose became carefully considered and constructed.
We had a truly amazing experience creating images of our successful evolution. It was an empowering and unforgettable experience.
Under the lights, we were able to showcase some of our students many talents.
“It was a liberating experience. Every time I saw a flash, I felt a wave of emotion.”-Michael
“My shoot was amazing. In my shoot I was holding my stomach and breasts to show off my pregnant stomach. My photo showed that even though I have a disability, I can be a good mom.”- Shalon
It was a great experience to participate in a professional photo shoot. The clarity in the pictures was amazing. My partner did an amazing job. The environment and energy was calm. It helped me to focus on releasing the right emotion.”- Maino
Each student showed strength, creativity and individuality in their shoots. We can not wait to share the stunning final images!
This week, our class attended the Brooklyn Museum to view the exhibitions “A New Republic” by artist Kehinde Whiley and “Isibonelo/Evidence” by South African photographer Zanele Muholi.
“It was a joy to see European arts flipped upside down to show the strength in the African American community in Kehinde Wiley’s paintings.” – Angelic
“Zanele Muholi captured the depth within social poverty in the lesbian community in South Africa. Although they may have rights, there is still injustice and dehumanization.”
“I was moved by the contrast between the black and white portraits that showed the sadness and injustice that these women are going through, and the joyous and happy moments in the colorful wedding portraits.” – Jose
After the visit, we worked on our writing assignments to prepare for our take-home shoots.
“It was good to see our group inspired by the beautiful artwork. The wedding images emotionally moved us as a group.” – Montrel