I just read a great article by Josh Miller at Shutterbug.com. It explains how photographers can help small organizations by using their photography for a cause. At RTP, we are a small organization that helps a diverse audience “transform their lives through the power of photography.” We are looking for some volunteer photographers in the New York City area to help spend a few hours a week or a month to make a difference in their lives and yours. If you are interested, please click on this link for more information:
By Josh Miller – Posted May 21, 2012 – Shutterbug.com
Since the development of photography in the early 1800s, there has always been a strong tradition of photographers using their work to promote conservation and social justice issues. One need only to look at the development of the National Park System in the United States to see the impact early photographers had on conservation. William Henry Jackson, with his 1871 Yellowstone photographs, helped push through legislation that established Yellowstone as the world’s first National Park. Another well-known example of a conservationist photographer was Ansel Adams, whose tireless efforts both as a photographer and as a 37-year member of the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors led to the establishment of Kings Canyon National Park in 1940.
The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) was established in 2003 by Cristina Mittermeier in an effort to better connect photographers with each other and with environmental and cultural issues. The iLCP organizes photo shoots around the world that bring together groups of photographers in “Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions” or “RAVEs” to photograph specific locations or cultures under threat. These RAVEs are a way to quickly create bodies of work that can be used by local grassroots and nonprofit organizations to promote immediate, positive changes. While the iLCP helps to organize the RAVEs, their goal is to make the resulting images available to the appropriate organizations in order to bring visual awareness to their cause.
Birch Family Services, founded in 1975, has grown from one small school into one of the largest networks of comprehensive programs serving New York children and families. Birch provides special schools, residences, and other services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 3 to 72.
Our “newest” New Frontier Program is Fotography for Friendship which uses a shared interest in photography to promote social skills development in young adults on the autism spectrum. In recognition of your organization’s integral role in making Fotography for Friendship a success, as well as the great work you’ve been doing with our students at our School for Exceptional Children, it is at this event that we would like to present Rehabilitation Through Photography with our Voices of Hope Award.
RTP started a new program with the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center this year. Sanije Bruncaj, senior recreation therapist started a new photography program called SNAP Talk! (Something New About Photography) Armed with a donated Olympus digital camera, J.C. started his photo journey with a trip to the Queens County Farm,Queens,NY on 3/22/12. His photo instructor, Sanije, encouraged him to take pictures that made him feel good.
J.C. loved the trip and said “Animals give me an intense feeling to take pictures right away. The best part about these sheep is that they have a beautiful color. When I was next to them, I felt like I was on top of the world. Next time I visit a farm I would love to take more pictures.”
“The cameras and instruction that RTP offers makes a remarkable difference to what an organization can offer to its participants’ quality of life. They are no longer defined by their disability but can live up to their full potential. Learning photography teaches them to open their eyes, appreciate, participate and be a partner in the world around them”. Todd Adelman, Director of Special Projects, bit.ly/AnJ7aC