Post's Chief Photographer J.B. Forbes' article
Rebuild Foundation's Urban Expressions summer art program is highlighted in the Sunday, July 10th edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an article titled, "Kids learn about their neighborhood through photography."
The article by J.B. Forbes outlines the program's activities and intentions based upon his visit with our group on Wednesday, July 6th, our first day back in session after the 4th of July holiday weekend.
The above photograph by J.B. Forbes (for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) was captured at a key moment during our walking tour of the neighborhood. A family living across from the old Krey meat-packing plant was arguing loudly on their doorstep capturing everyone's attention. We paused for a few moments while the kids took some photographs from a distance before continuing down the street.
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We discussed the incident as an occurrence they'd all previously witnessed on the streets of Hyde Park. We talked about the possible functions that photography and the internet can play in sharing stories, ideas and emotions with others. Having Mr. Forbes with us in the classroom helped to illustrate the journalistic uses of photography and how such images can transmit powerful messages based on the context within which such images are presented.
In this case, it became a "live" opportunity to talk about perceptions and representations of Hyde Park in the media, the functions that mass media can play in a community, the role that social media has in our daily lives and the relationship between (and relative strengths and weaknesses of) text and images to communicate.
The above photograph by J.B. Forbes (for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) depicts me teaching Angel about downloading and organizing photographs on a computer after they've been transferred from their digital cameras.
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We also talked about why others outside their immediate friends and family would be interested in seeing their photographs. The implications of these questions and issues have only begun to be raised and discussed. We'll continue to explore these concerns and others during the remainder of the program.
I'm interested in getting our backers' (and others') perspective on the article and whether they feel the overall tone and content supports our educational and artistic goals. What other issues do you feel we should address in this regard?