Over the summer of 2011, Las Fotos Project conducted a series of workshops with youth in Girl Scout Troop 3111 focused on reconnecting with nature and exploring their imaginations and creativity through the medium of photography. Each student received an analog camera and one roll of 35mm film, as well as instruction and guidance on how to create photographs using a technique known as double exposure, in which film is exposed through the camera twice, creating unexpected juxtapositions and layered effects. The students photographed the natural world during a hike through Griffith Park, then reloaded the film and took the cameras home to document their friends, family, and community members. The resulting images depict loved ones intertwined with flowers, trees, and other natural forms. Students then used their double exposed photographs as inspiration during a Las Fotos Project Creative Writing Workshop and created haikus, acrostic poems, and imaginative titles for each of their favorite images. Nature: Double Exposed is a culmination of the girls’ photographs and self-expressive words.
Las Fotos Project is a non-profit, community-based photography program whose mission is to bring about positive change for young Latinas facing adversity. Through one-on-one mentoring, photography trainings, and assigned field projects, Las Fotos Project provides a creative outlet for its Latina students, encouraging them to express their artistic talents and explore their imagination, while promoting individuality and building self-confidence.
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