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Archive for February 2014

20/2/2014

MGA Curator Stephen Zagala on Wes Stacey’s work in WILDCARDS: Bill Henson shuffles the deck

– posted by Sally

WILDCARDS: Bill Henson shuffles the deck is on until 30 March

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill Victoria

10/2/2014

Slideluck Youth Initiative, NYC

– posted by Sally

Almost a year ago, I left Australia due to a lack of a visa, and found myself moving to New York City.  As anyone else who has made a move to the Big Apple can tell you, it’s been a struggle here since day one, but I was lucky enough to stumble upon one gem here, the Slideluck Youth Initiative.

Shortly after arriving here, I started helping the non-profit Slideluck, which brings communities together through art and food, and began to intern in their Youth Initiative program.  The Youth Initiative tries to foster creative talent by giving kids in under-privileged areas lessons in photography and visual story-telling.

Needless to say, it only took helping with one class for me to realize how much I loved teaching others the lesson I had learned myself. I quickly experienced how immensely rewarding giving back through photography can be, and how much you really do learn about yourself through it. Throughout the semester, the students got to visit a professional studio and witness a fashion shoot in action, and got to have their images displayed in one of the busiest cafe’s in Manhattan (Whole Food Union Square)! 

When the last semester finished, the kids asked us to do the class again, and Slideluck asked me to be the teacher for it. After last semester as an intern, I’m overjoyed to now be working as the teacher for these amazing kids in Brooklyn. 

One of the main changes I’d like to make for next semester is to get every student in the class their own individual camera for the entire duration of the semester. I’d like for the kids to be able to carry the cameras with them everywhere they go in order to practice their photographic eye without restraint, and I’d really like to see the results they can produce when they have so much more time with cameras.

And I’d like to ask you to help me get the last few kids individual cameras! I’ve created a Crowdfunding campaign to raise $200 US to buy more cameras for the kids, please click here to learn more!
 

Thanks in advance,
Winston Struye

6/2/2014

Holy Trinity Cathedral.

– posted by Sally

"I have walked past Holy Trinity Cathedral and admired it’s surrounding gardens on several occasions while working in Addis Ababa.

It is an important cathedral for Ethiopians with the tombs of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen Asfaw located inside.

Keen to check it out I have to admit it’s actually no easy feat to get in this church! However on my third trip to Ethiopia, success!

I had a local with me, we went from one official to the next and eventually someone found the key. In we went!"

Kerry Pryor

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