Children’s Books have a very special meaning to us at the Josephine Herrick Project.
Today is International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), an international non-profit organization. Founded in 1967, the day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday, which is today, April 2. Activities include writing competitions, announcements of book awards and events with authors of children’s literature.
JHP uses the “Power of Photography” to guide children throughout our programs. In 2014, we offered programs for children on the autism spectrum at the Brooks Institute, Cooke Center Academy, Birch Family Services and Stratford Public Library. Our programs stress “visual literacy” and the camera becomes a means of expression for the students.
After each program concludes, JHP works alongside the teachers and professional volunteer photographers to create a Blurb photo book that includes the students’ photos, information about the program, messages from the participants and of course the smiling faces captured as they share their joy of photography. Check out all of our books on Blurb. Your support helps us create more programs for children and other underserved populations.
On a historic note, one of our long supporting volunteers, Jean Lewis, was also a children’s book author. She got her start through Little Golden Books and began by writing adventure books for “The Flintstones” and “Bugs Bunny.” Her body of work consists of over 100 books. But most importantly, she gave freely of her time for over 55 years. She began work at VSP (Volunteer Service Photographers) now known as JHP (Josephine Herrick Project) in 1954 and remained for 55 years including her over 20 years as Executive Director.
— Jackie Augustine
By Jamie Ogrodnik and Jackie Augustine – June 11, 2014
We are excited to announce that the Josephine Herrick Project has teamed up with Denise Pressman, a Stratford-based photographer whose main focus is to give children and families on the Autism Spectrum a chance to creatively express themselves. Together JHProject and Fleeting Moments offered free photography classes to children on the spectrum in grades 1-6 at the Stratford Public Library. The goal of both organizations has and will continue to be to transform the visual language of photography into an engaging way for students to communicate their artistic visions with their communities.
This Connecticut based program had an exhibit of all the children’s artwork that opened on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at the Stratford Public Library.
Here are some selections from what was proudly displayed at the exhibit. Each class had a theme and the photos were grouped by the seven students who participated in the program. Meet the photographers and enjoy their work!
Photo by Adam Lopez
Photo by Cameron Distini
Photo by Gavin Marchessault
Photo by Gavin Pressman
Photo by Payton Gesner
Photo by Papa Insaidoo
Photo by Scott Ezarik
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About the Photographer: Denise Pressman
It’s their crooked teeth, their innocent, yet mischievous smile, their chubby little fingers gripping your hand and the rolls of chub on their stubby legs. The joy of everyday life is so easy to miss. As a mother of two beautiful children, my passion is freezing these moments in time. Being the youngest of five children, the number of pictures I have from my childhood is very limited. Needless to say, this has been the driving force behind my love of photography.
I love a great stylized portrait in which everyone is happy and smiling. I can certainly do that. But I also love a portrait of a child giggling and being their awesome selves. Kids are kids and I love being a kid at heart and having fun during a photoshoot. From my fun camera strap and the promise of a yummy treat afterwards I am able to get kids to open up and just be themselves. Taking photos is fun to me and I love to come home to see all of the great images. Sharing them with my clients is an awesome rush.
For more information about Fleeting Moments: http://www.fleetingmomentsphotoct.com/
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