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AUG 2014

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.14 121 LOVING THE LENS Jasmine Reed, 12 Kaliyah Trotter, 12 Kyra Welch, 13 Jessica Flowers, 11 Rickhia Bell, 11 Ma'Kyah Pendleton, 9 Jayda Branch, 10 Johnson and Roberts Maryan Ali, 17 Damion Johnson, 10 Awey Mohamed, 16 Shukriyah Ali, 17 Jamee Roberts, 11 Photos by: Nine middle-school girls gather around a table at the Southwick Community Center in west Louisville's Park DuValle neighborhood, a camera bag containing a small digital Canon in front of each student. Tey and other kids have been meeting twice a week for a month as part of Picture Love, a free photography program for 10- to 18-year-olds that, on this July evening, is close to wrapping its second year. (Te program has expanded to include kids at the Portland Community Center.) Te students (who get to keep the cameras) have been taking pictures of their families, friends and neighborhoods. Teacher/artist Carrie Burr, 36, says their artist statements can be in the form of a poem or letter to someone they love. "Tis is your artist statement," Burr says, "so you write whatever you want to write. Isn't that crazy? No rules." Te statements will be published in a book that will include four or fve images taken by each student. Burr says an exhibit is planned for later this year. Kyra Welch, 13, sits in front of a laptop with Sarah Davis, the 25-year-old education program coordinator at the Louisville Visual Art Association, one of several organizations (the Speed and Fund for the Arts included) that made Picture Love possible. Davis, a working photographer, scrolls through Welch's images, giving her tips on exposure and composition. Tey laugh about a shot of Welch's dad, asleep in shorts and an undershirt. Welch says it's not just about technical skills. "I learned that I'm deeper than I give myself credit for," she says. — Tara Anderson These young photographic novices are learning how a camera can produce more than images.

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