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It's time ... to tell your story!


Join us for an 8-week visual storytelling journey where we will learn how to tell a story VISUALLY.  In this 8-week mentorship program, you will learn the fundamentals of photography, visual expression, editing, composition, and finally, how to prepare and present for an exhibition at the TEDxYouth@Seattle event, "It's Time", on Sunday, October 27th. 


It almost feels impossible to choose an image to tell a story, but have we ever really tried?

If I could see with your eyes, what would I see? What if one visual could tell me your story, what would it be? The ocean, a leaf, people smiling, hands, eyes, your dog, the night sky, Seattle's homelessness problem, climate change marches, school, a selfie? 

I AM WHAT I SEE / I SEE WHAT I AM is a question/statement that allows the visual storyteller and the viewer to start a conversation about the world we see and how it shapes us.


What if we stopped and asked ourselves, "What am I seeing?  How is it making me feel? What is the purpose of this image, its story?" What visual would we choose to tell the world our stories, our values, our unique way of seeing and feeling our environment, how we fitting in or rebelling against the status quo? For 8 weeks, participants of our TEDxYouth@Seattle will tell us what they see, what they were thinking, and invite us to see with their eyes.

Our 8-week visual storytelling mentorship will challenge participating youth to learn to use visual storytelling techniques as a language that allows both the storyteller and the viewer to engage in a meaningful conversation with a goal to learn to see and appreciate different perspectives. What is our youth seeing? How is the world they are inheriting shaping their reality?  What will they tell us?

Our 8-week mentorship program will culminate with an exhibition of student’s work during the TEDxYouth@Seattle “It’s Time” event on Sunday, October 27th at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Class Schedule:
Starting on Sunday, September 1st @ 10am- 12 noon.

Mentorship Program created by: 
Mary Gomez Camba, Photographer, TEDx Speaker, Master Visual Storyteller, Founder of The Think Visual Project
** Special appearances by local Master Photographers TBD

We will discuss the history of photography, editing techniques, composition, lights, visual narrative, and choosing images for the exhibition. Participants will have one to one access to instructor feedback as well as have hands-on experience with equipment and studio lighting.

Equipment Needed:
A DSLR with interchangeable lenses and a 50MM lens are ideal.
Any DSLR camera with any lens combination is ok.

Class Location:
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
1100 12th Avenue, Seattle, 98133

Parental Permission:
Yes, you do need your parent's permission if you are underage.  Most of the classes will take place at the SAAS, but we will occasionally take the class to on-location shoots.  Parents will be notified ahead of time so that proper arrangements can be made for drop off and pick up. 


Who can apply:
Anyone between the ages of 13-24.  Participants will be selected via a vetted process based on the participant's experience and the story they wish to explore. It's time to tell your story. 


Cost: Free



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