JHP is thrilled that one of the members of our photography community, Peter Neumann, had an exhibition of his work at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office through May. Peter also spoke about his work at the Arts Spring Mixer for arts organizations and schools held at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office and hosted by Gale Brewer on May 27th. Congratulations Peter!
You can see more of Peter’s work on his website www.peterneumann.com.
There is so much power in photography, as the old adage goes: A picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine if you did more than just create a photograph? Imagine if you taught a generation of people how to tell a story with a camera? Would you?
I have, and find it terribly rewarding! Well perhaps not an entire generation, but I have worked with some awesome teenagers in the Seattle area. Let me just say, it’s truly wonderful to see what can happen when you work with young curious minds.
I have mentored with a Seattle area non-profit, Youth In Focus whose mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives.
Youth In Focus offers film and digital photography classes at different levels; this includes a full darkroom and a digital lab. It’s a kind of after-school program, providing a lot of these kids an opportunity to have a creative outlet that may not be available to them through their schools. Students are issued a camera, film/media and receive assignments weekly. There are also field trips to local museums and even photowalks.
One of our outings was at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Some of the kids in the group hadn’t been to the market before, this made for a great opportunity to see the market as well for them to have access to us while taking photographs, real time. The bonus was that we teachers and mentors take photos too.
During my time with Youth in Focus, I worked with three different groups of students. Each group was amazing and entertaining too! The best moments are a round table discussion of each student’s images. Every week they select, edit, and print their favourite image from the previous week’s assignment. They may ask for guidance in selecting that image, especially in the beginning of the classes, as they’re just learning. You’ll find the best way to help them is to ask questions about the story they’re trying to tell or how they believe the composition could be better, etc. The goal is to get them talking about it, get them involved.
Connecting with the students via the art they’re creating is so powerful; seeing their improvement each week makes you proud. You’re excited for what’s to come and where they’re going to take it. It’s an experience not yet matched by any work I’ve done in my professional life. Perhaps if I were a full-time teacher I’d feel that, every day. I imagine you’ll get as much, if not more out of the experience if you try it.
At the end of each quarter the kids select their best one or two images to display as a part of an open house show. There’s a potluck dinner, and a gallery of images to view from each class. It’s so impressive to see what these kids create.
By Jamie Ogrodnik – June 30 , 2014
Hello JHProject Followers!
My name is Jamie Ogrodnik and I have just recently started volunteering and blogging for the Josephine Herrick Project. I was told to write an article explaining my experiences thus far with the organization so let’s start at the beginning.
To set the scene a little bit, imagine a rainy Long Island day at a Golf Outing. The weather was not ideal, but the situation sure was. Having graduated with my BFA in Photography from the state University of New York at New Paltz in May of 2012, I was in dire need of paying the next round of student loans. I had very little cash left in the savings and I had not yet started my current job at Tugboat, a photographers representation agency and production company (www.tugboatusa.com).
It was then that I decided to reach out to a family friend, Jerry Grossman, the Executive Director, from PDMA (PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association). He had known my father for many years and I was extremely grateful when he agreed to meet me for breakfast one morning to help revise my resume. First Jerry asked if I liked bagels, then he asked if I liked golf. A bit confused I said “I prefer bagels, but if golfing will lead to networking, than I am in!”
Luckily that was the right answer and Jerry put me in contact with Michelle Tramantano, program director of PMDA. Michelle was the one in charge of orchestrating an annual Golf Outing at the Muttontown Country Club in Long Island where all the proceeds were donated to the Josephine Herrick Project this past May.
Jerry Grossman, Jamie Ogrodnik and Michelle Tramantano at the annual PMDA Golf Outing in May 2014
Despite the rain, many wonderful supporters were there to tee off, buy raffle tickets from me, and eat a wonderful dinner. To my pleasure Jackie Augustine, president of the JHProject was one of those people.
Raising money for them without really knowing what the organization was about, I sought out Jackie and asked her to tell me about JHP. I then asked her immediately when I could start volunteering.
Since graduation I have had a lot of “normal” post college money worries on my mind.
How was I going to pay it all back to the government gods?
Where did all that sweet 16 money go?
Why is no one buying the work I slaved over during college (Visit Jamieophoto.com!)
Worrying so much about money made me feel slightly selfish when there was so much art and photography that could be created and blogged about through volunteering. So, a week later I was traveling into the city to work alongside Maureen McNeil, the executive director and Elana Hart, the development director in the JHP office to help with blog posts.
With each new bit of information I was fed about the organization for every new blog post, I gained some serious knowledge and emotional support for the cause. The amount of passion and creativity that stems from this adorable Fulton Street office, reminds me each week that photography goes beyond the prints hanging on the walls. Photography has the power to put a smile on everyone’s face; from the students, to the teachers, to the partnerships that support it all. Eventually I would love to teach a class to witness these smiles in person, but for now I am more than thrilled to be participating on the online blogging aspect of JHP.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope that you will continue to enjoy all the future Josephine Herrick Project blog posts, as there are so many wonderful things about to happen, so stay tuned!
To learn more about the Josephine Herrick Project visit our website at www.jhproject.org
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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” *
By Skip Cohen – Janaury 20, 2014 – Skip Cohen University
Look for local events all year long, not just at holiday time. For example, what’s coming up in your community that’s a fund-raising event? Keep in touch with the Chamber of Commerce, the various service organizations and the schools.
Get to know the president of the PTA for any of the schools. How about portraits instead of a bake sale to raise money this year? What events are they sponsoring that might need to be documented?
Every high school football team, band, yearbook and chorus are looking for new ways to raise money – you’ve got the gear and the know-how – so how about working with them to create a new idea for fund-raising beyond hot dog sales at Friday night games?
Visit your local Chamber of Commerce and find out what’s going on in the community. In the fall there’s always a United Way Campaign, but what events take place during the winter months? Using your camera to create new ways to raise funds is a great way to show you’re involved.Sometimes it’s not about raising money directly at all, but using your skill set as a photojournalist, documenting various events in the community and then providing the management of those events and the local paper and websites with your images. Remember, nobody can do it better than you!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to improving the world in which he lived—and challenged the rest of us to do the same. He not only championed the equal rights but also equal access to economic opportunity for all Americans. This year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will honor his legacy as hundreds of thousands of Americans pay tribute by serving their communities on Monday, January 20.
We know there is a great deal we can do to help our cities and neighborhoods thrive, and as President Obama said last week, “the American people… are ready and willing to pitch in and help.” MLK Day exemplifies this spirit as individuals and families around the country come together on this day every year to strengthen their communities through service and volunteering. Through their deeds, they demonstrate that service can accelerate progress on our most pressing priorities.
Photo by Darlene Hildebrandt
By Jackie Augustine
I’m the President of Josephine Herrick Project and a long time believer of the “Power of Photography” and how it can change lives for the better. When I saw the title of the article “Generosity – 5 reasons and 4 ways to give back with photograhy” by Darlene Hildebrandt, I was intrigued. When I read the article I knew I had to share it with our loyal friends and followers. I want to thank all of our volunteers who so generously give us their time, their expertise, their smiles and their warmth. Without our wonderful volunteers we could never accomplish all that we do to help our all the different populations we serve. And, I want to remind anyone reading the following article that you can be part of our “circle of generosity” by donating you time, your expertise or a monetary donation. I hope you enjoy the article.
Posted by Darlene on Thursday, October 10, 2013 ·
Today’s topic is one very near and dear to my heart. It’s something that most of us love to do but don’t always find or make the time to do so. I was inspired to write this and participate in something called the Soul Full Summit, put on by a lady I met last year at the World Domination Summit in Portland. What am I talking about?
Generosity – give back!
I come from a family full of givers. My mom, grandmother and aunt have always had open hearts and doors for anyone. They give far more than they receive or take, and it shows in the rich number of friends with whom they are surrounded. Their specialty (especially my grandmother, know by everyone simply as “Grammy”) is feeding people. No one goes hungry in their homes. No one goes home without a cookie in their pocket, a bottle of water in their bag and a full tummy.
The value of being generous
So in my life as a photographer I’ve used my skills and talents to give back whenever I could in different capacities. I’ll give you a few examples of how you can too, no matter your photography skill or experience level. I find the value of generosity and just freely giving, with nothing expected in return, gives back huge rewards not measurable in monetary terms. No, it’s worth so much more.
By giving you can receive any or all of the following:
- gain self respect and self esteem (most of us are sadly lacking these qualities) do for others and you can’t help feel good about yourself
- make new friends – ones with similar values, goals and interests
- gain perspective – by helping those less fortunate or less experienced it gives you a perspective you may not otherwise see. One of gratitude for what you have and what you’ve achieved
- find a purpose – the elusive meaning of life perhaps, perhaps not. But a goal, a mission, and something to work towards for sure
- gain respect and esteem from others – most of us so badly want to be accepted and liked by others. By giving you inadvertently get that without trying. Trust me!
Okay so how do you get started? While I don’t have all the answers I’m going to give you a few ideas, things that I’ve done over the years. Pick one, or do them all, whatever feels right for you. Or do something entirely different.
Donated to charity
Generosity of time
There’s two things many of us always seem to lack – time and money. So even if you have little of the latter to spare, giving of your time is just as valuable, sometimes even more so, than a monetary donation. I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent over the years working for charities, or doing other activities. The point is I get as much value as the group or person I’m giving my time to. Here’s some ways I’ve done that.
#1 Give your time to a charity close to your heart
Over the years I’ve worked with a few local charities including:
- Ran a photo club at the Boys and Girls club in the inner city. I was right out of Nait Photography (college) and I volunteered to work with the kids after school. I had about 6-10 kids (it fluctuated) ages 10-15. They had basic 35mm film cameras at the centre and a b/w darkroom. I showed them how to take better photos and process them in the darkroom. We even did 2 field trips and a sleep over at my own apartment where we watched movie, made brownies and stayed up all night. I spent about 4 hours a week on this for a few years and the joy I got from the kids and their experience was invaluable. They also taught me about what life is like in the inner city and how way too many of them have had to grow up way too fast.
- Fundraised for Bissell Centre – another inner city organization whose missing is “where hope finds help”. I sat on the committee that organized their yearly dinner and auction. As I was connected in the business community, I used my contacts to solicit donations for the auction. I also donated something for auction myself yearly, and often worked the event as volunteer also. Is there a charity to which you can donate a print and help them out? Do they need volunteers to help out? Just ask!
- Photographed events and their store for Bissell Centre – I’ve given my time to work various events for the Centre over the years (including a Round Dance celebrating those that passed, and photos of their thrift store) and sometimes do photography for them as well. This is something you could do potentially! This is not art, it’s event coverage and they are super appreciative of anything you can do to help. Find a charity that needs photos and offer your time and service. It could be the local animal shelter, maybe you walk dogs and photograph the ones up for adoption or the Poster dogs. What interests you? Ask yourself “how can I help?” – then ask them!Read more: http://www.herviewphotography.com/2013/10/10/generosity-give-back-photography.html#ixzz2i4Iqow7G