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Kids Document Their Lives Through Photography

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DURHAM — A group of Durham kids spent last summer looking at their neighborhood in a whole new way. Now the images they saw are on exhibit.

There's nothing like family. There's nothing like Mom.The West End Neighborhood Photography Project teaches kids ages 8-12 how to take their own photographs using 35 millimeter cameras. The kids then learn how develop the pictures themselves.

The program encourages them to look at the positive aspects of their neighborhood, and then tell the stories behind their pictures.

I can run like the wind and just do it."The idea was for the kids to have a chance to be documentarians," explains instructor Abigail Blosser, "Whereas, it's usually someone from the outside community coming in to tell their story."

Lavoris Langley, a participant in the project, enjoyed looking for the details:

"When we did take a picture, we thought like, 'why are we taking a picture?' and we looked at things closer than we used to," Langley says.

The West End Neighborhood Photography Project will be on exhibit at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies through July 31st. Last summer was the first session of the class. This summer's classes begin Monday.


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