Holding a camera gives one the power of a new perspective: that’s something that I believe personally – and something that I integrated into the work that I did as Programs Director at Kid Powered Media. Through photography courses, photo walks, and multiple other projects, our students learned how to view their communities in new and creative ways: through a camera lens. They not only learned technical control over the camera, but also how to apply that to knowing more about the communities where they live. They came to see the diversity of their communities, the rich history of the place and the people, the complexities of life there as well as the beauty that surrounds them. Kids have a voice that needs to be shared – and the camera provides a perfect tool. It gives them the distance they need to take a step back; it provides a barrier between them and their subjects; and it results in images that are engaging and easy to share.
click here to see more photos of kids with cameras in action.
and follow the link to watch a documentary created by the kids of one of Kid Powered Media’s clubs about how media impacted their lives and how they hope it will impact others!