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Dispatch #1 from New York by @blinqmccurdy We arrived in New York and met Carmen, a Lyft driver. Carmen, from Ecuador, has been here for 4 years studying business administration in college. His brother will soon graduate the New York City police academy. • We dropped our stuff off at a modest Air BnB. @dandyromain, @elaine_cromie and I ventured out on foot to see the sights. When three photographers go for a short walk in a new place, the walk will be anything but short. There are so many interesting things to explore in new environments and if you don't have a specific place to be at a specific time, you can take time... and when you are done you just might have captured something special to share with the world. • Photography is like fishing, you don't have to catch anything, sometimes its nice to just be present in the moment. When we were out it seemed as though everyone around us was in a hurry to be somewhere else, from the West Indian "Nanny's", and dog walkers, to the hip commuters with their business suits in sling bags on their way home speeding along in huge packs of hipster bike riders that seem at times to take over the streets. • We kept seeing books in boxes and items of clothing sitting on stoops or walls outside of Brownstones. We talked to Raphael, a local resident, and she told us that the books and other items that seemed to be abandoned were items that were no longer wanted by those who possessed them, and that these items were waiting for new owners to find them. See? Instead of simply throwing the items away when they were no longer needed or wanted they are offered to the community. We also stumbled upon the next generation of brilliant board game makers, working out their ideas with chalk on the sidewalk, so we decided to play along, Romain went first. Photos by @blinqmccurdy _______________ #Detroit to #NewYork #NY #brooklyn #Photoville #photography #photographers #education #community #capturingbelief
Photographer Spotlight: Dejuan, 12, 6th grade Post 3 of 3. • “This program has given me confidence by like I want to be a photographer now. It changed me, I met new people,” said Dejuan. “The positive changes since I’ve started the program - I haven’t been rude at the center or been kicked out. It makes me focus sometimes. I’m starting to focus on what people think and I’m not focusing on myself anymore.” • When asked what it feels like to take photos Dejuan says “It makes me feel like I did my best and that I can do better. But it mostly makes me feel happy because I know I can do better.” • We are so grateful that Dejuan has dedicated his time and energy to Capturing Belief. He’s incredibly thoughtful, intelligent and genuine. And he’s almost always the first to raise his hand to volunteer for any task. Dejuan’s improving constantly and we can’t wait to see what else he continues to create with his photography. • The first two images are taken by Dejuan, the last three are of him behind the scenes. _______________ #youth #future #community #Detroit #DetroitLove #313 #Michigan #urbanfarming #garden #photography #documentaryphotography #everydayusa #everydaydetroit #everydayeverywhere #makeportraits #portraits #capturingbelief #education #learning #mentoring #mentoringmatters
Photographer Spotlight: Dejuan, 12, 6th grade (Post 2 of 3) • “My favorite part about Capturing Belief is the mentors,” says Dejuan. We are so grateful to Dejuan and his insight of photography, the program and the time he dedicates to CB. We are reminded of the impact we can make when we work together with young people and our community. We have a responsibility to do our best and be a positive role model in young people’s lives. • Capturing Belief regularly goes on Saturday field trips to experience different parts of Detroit. We focus on meeting new people and learning new things about our city. One of the skills we teach early on to the young photographers is how to introduce themselves to the people they meet along the way and guide them to engage in conversation to learn more about the area they are visiting. Many of the kids have been shy talking to strangers but Dejuan has shown tremendous initiative and confidence. He will often volunteer to be the one to talk to new people and break the ice so that his peers more shy than him can then engage with the people they encounter. “I’m happy to do it because like I’m not scared to go up to people and tell them about the program and introduce myself to them because we’re all humans.” _______________ #youth #community #future #Detroit #DetroitLove #photography #makeportraits #portraits #people #judge #lowriders #documentaryphotography #everydayeverywhere #everdaydetroit #documentingdetroit #CapturingBelief
Photographer Spotlight: Dejuan, 12, 6th grade (Post 1 of 3) • “A photograph can tell a story in many ways. Photos don’t have a language. Photos can speak in different types of languages. They can speak in look and feeling. Photos talk to everyone.” Dejuan’s photography is full of color and his talent shines through his images. • “The kind of photographs I like are plants and animals. Sometimes it’s like the detail that I see, it really talks to me.” Dejuan has been part of Capturing Belief photography programs since 2018 and we hope that he will keep sharing his great insights with us for a few more years. _______________ #Detroit #DetroitLove #Photography #storytelling #documentaryphotography #documentingdetroit #everydayeverwhere #everydayUSA #EverydayDetroit #SWDetroit #lowrider #goat #pig #farm #urbanfarming
Photographer Spotlight 📸🔦 Rahmyza, 13, 8th grade For the last spotlight post about Rahmyza, we asked her what she likes about her community. “... many people go outside when it’s hot. I like driving down the street and seeing people play basketball or playing outside because it’s sunny outside for once,” she said. Capturing Belief wouldn’t be the same without Rahmyza. She’s incredibly smart and kind and continues to dedicate her time to meeting new people in her community and helping other photographers. Rahmyza along with two other Capturing Belief photographers, @seyiphotographs and @ronin.45, were selected for the @mocadetroit Annual Applebuam Teen Exhibition this past April. And she was recently accepted into the Detroit School of Arts High School after submitting a portfolio including some of her photographs. Wishing Rahmyza and all of the students we get to meet the best! We can’t wait to see your continued success. All photos by Rahmyza except the last one taken by co-founder @blinqmccurdy. _______________ #photography #documentaryphotography #youth #education #mentorship #mentoring #community #Detroit #DetroitLove #313 #everydaydetroit #everydayusa #everydayeverywhere #empowerment #school #farm #urbanfarming #CapturingBelief