While in La Manzanilla in April I taught a follow up photography workshop with the La Catalina Wings Scholarship students I began working with in November 2011. For this session, each student created a series of photos reflecting aspects of his/her community. The photos were to be shared with students of PS147 in Brooklyn, NY.
During the workshop we talked about things that might be similar (cars) and things that might be different (for instance sharks, as represented in the photo to the left by Citlalli). See more of the La Manzanilla students' photos here.
The following week I was in Brooklyn and thanks to Ms. Cappelletto and Ms. Poley I was able to lead two photography workshops with students at PS147 in Bushwick. We reviewed the photos from La Manzanilla students, and the Brooklyn students agreed to take a series of photos of their community to share with the students in La Manzanilla. The next day we reviewed what we saw that was similar (trees) and what was different (school buses, as represented in the photo to the right by Jil). See more of the Brooklyn students' photos here.
Both sets of photos were then shared with photography students in Rwanda, an exchange with the nonprofit Through the Eyes of Hope founded by photojournalist Linda Smith.
Thank you to everyone who helped with this latest round of workshops. It was a unique and powerful experience for the students in La Manzanilla and Brooklyn to represent their community through their own photos, and to step briefly into one another's lives through images. I am grateful for the opportunity to faciliatate this exchange, and look forward to the next creative exchange.