I picked up an old Kodak "50th Anniversary" box camera from 1930 and found a roll of unexposed film in it. As a teacher and a photographer, I felt an excitement and then it hit me. It would so awesome to bring this experience back, from nearly 100 years ago, and to kids here now!
Let's bring back history and light up the creative sparks again in our student's eyes! My plan is to acquire about 30 Kodak box cameras from around 1930. I would like to get the same ones so all the students will have a relatively similar opportunity and experience.
What we are missing in photography is simplicity and composition. Using one of these Kodak box cameras boils it down to what is most important.
I will be using my expertise in photography and instructional models to mentor 30 students from Boyd Elementary School here in Allen. Boyd is a Title 1 school with many needs. I served as the Assistant Principal Intern this past summer and am looking forward to volunteering to help our more.
My connections with the school, community, and educational level, will allow me to inspire kids from all walks of life. Those that have passion, but without some of the tools that could help them experience something unique.
Just as these little box cameras that take 120 film are special, so are the students that I hope to be able to mentor with your help. I have a couple of box cameras I recently picked up to use and I would love to provide opportunity to a group of students.
We would learn the aspects of mechanics with the box cameras, along with history and "how" light exposes to film, we develop an image, and make a print. I firmly believe the "best" way to learn is by doing. I also believe that making these kids rock stars at an exhibition of their works created from these little boxes would also boost their confidence, while also recognizing their work as young budding artists!
Expenses would include acquiring a set of box cameras, some 120 roll film, developing chemicals/processing, and printing materials for the exhibit.
I am going to get local businesses to donate some snacks, food, and drinks for the exhibit and I will be kicking in money for anything else that comes up. I hope to have more of these experiences where student artists are inspired and tackle interesting subject categories and themes.
I thank you for becoming a patron on any level!
Risks and challenges
Risks involved would be having some of the old box cameras perhaps malfunction or the students making images in too dark of a setting or not securing the camera well enough to avoid camera "shake." I can overcome these obstacles and help mentor them to learn from their experiences. This is where much learning can take place.
I will test a few units out and make sure they are functional, and then provide instruction and modeling as a "test" so that the students will be able to have a great experience starting out. This shows them the potential of their work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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