Youngsters learn how to use photography for self-expression

The nine budding photographers in a summer workshop have their work exhibited at UBC Okanagan.

  • Tue Jul 17th, 2012 8:00pm
  • Life

Young photograph workshop participants used their cameras and other media to reveal things about their lives and communities.

The summer photography camp hosted at the Lake Country Art Gallery, called Photographing Lake Country, came to a close with a well attended gallery opening at the FINA Gallery at UBCO.

The nine budding photographers saw their work curated by Katie Brennan from the LCAG.

“We had the opening, it was really beautiful. We had kids, their families and their community come to the opening,” said Zev Tiefenbach, camp facilitator.

The gallery show at FINA is open to the public all of this week. The LCAG and the Lake Country Public Art Commission are committed to showing the work at other Lake Country locations.

In all, nine boys and girls aged seven to 13 participated in the camp.  Tiefenbach said that six out of the kids were from the Lake Country Native Association and those children brought a welcome and very strong representation of their community in the work.

“The kids who participated in the program had a really compelling voice, they really had things to say and sent out really profound messages about who they were and how they felt about themselves in their community,” he said.

The exploration of their lives was further augmented by an intensive studio component where the youngsters used different media to modify the images and gives further context and meaning to them.

There are plans to come back next year and do the program again. “Everyone involved was really excited about the project,” Tiefenbach said.