Much of this organization’s power and impact will never be measurable through numbers or metrics. However, the photographs and touching stories in the words of these young photographers show how the mission of FOV is coming to fruition. Their work is the heart and soul of our organization. The thoughts and feelings they share provide hope for the future.
In “Snapshots,” kids really learn to find their voice and express their inner feelings. The course helps them develop patience; they learn to wait and when their photographs don’t turn out as expected, they sort through disappointment. They look at what is in front of them, learning to see something positive, joyful, even beautiful. Our belief is that this process cultivates adults who are kinder, more caring, and better able to withstand the impulsiveness and sense of urgency so prevalent in our world today. They discover the joy in waiting, slowing down to uncover something deeper than what is visible on the surface or through a sound bite. Students also learn to listen respectfully to one another, while the seed of compassion is planted. Through listening they develop an understanding of the feelings of someone different from themselves.
Following is a sampling of their work, or see all the work to date on our Gallery page.