Discover nature and the environment through the eyes of teenage girls from Central, South, and East Los Angeles. ESTA SOY YO is Las Fotos Project’s semester-end culminating exhibition which brings together student photographers who have worked to create images and narratives detailing their stories and life experiences. It’s more than photos; it’s their emotional connection to their artwork.
This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend! Click here for more information.
By Norma Sanchez, Youth Council Member from Latino Equality Alliance LGBTQA
Prior to attending the screening of Half the Sky documentary, I had never heard of the film. I thought the film was about women’s suffrage versus instead it turned out to be a collection of inspiring stories about strong women who overcame terrible things such as rape, oppression, emotional abuse, and violence. Not only did these women overcome all of of those issues, but they supported and helped rehabilitate other women, especially young women, who suffered as they did in their community.
I feel that the fact that female actors personally visited and experienced firsthand many of these issues added a new dimension, it created relativity. Continue reading
By Kathy Mateos, 16
Imagine only being 18 years old and traveling around the world. On Saturday November 1, 2014, a Las Fotos Project alumni Victoria Guerra, came to visit us and share her experiences with the program, photography, and life in general.
I have been with Las Fotos Project for almost 2 years and never got a chance to meet Victoria in person. Talking about her experience through high school up to her college years, Victoria gave us a good sneak peek on what the future might hold. Continue reading
In the fall of 2014, the East L.A. Women’s Center facilitated their Youth Leadership Development Training program with eight young women from Youth Build in Boyle Heights. Participants of the program learned about healthy relationships, gender roles, critical thinking, and strategies to take action.
Las Fotos Project worked with the participants to create a series of billboards which reflected messages developed by the young women based on the new information learned during their training.
In our collaboration with Las Fotos Project, we watched the movie “Who Is Dayani Cristal”, a film focused on the different struggles people go through to get to the United States.
This was a great and emotional film, because I was able to relate to it in the sense that my family as well went through some of the struggles that the people in this filmed faced, the movie hit home in many ways.
After the film was done we got to have a discussion based on the movie. The discussion was great; it gave me the opportunity to hear various perspectives and allowed me to share mine.
Las Fotos Project is participating in the Día de los Muertos Altars Display happening at Grand Park until Sunday November 2nd. The event was organized by Self Help Graphics & Art and there are 50 altars currently displayed. Our mentors Dianna, Jaqui and Julian led the project for us, our girls helped create some of the decorations and posed for photos with their painted faces. Check out the photos and we’ll see you at Grand Park this weekend! Continue reading
By Textli, age 16
On October 4, 2014, Julie Cabral, a 22-year-old photographer from Venice Beach, came to talk to us about herself and her experience as a photographer and filmmaker.
By Helene, age 17
A group of young ladies enter the museum of contemporary art not expecting to see strange and emotional art pieces. Mainly going to see Andy Warhol’s exhibition of his collection Shadows, we thought we would see some of his iconic pieces such as the colorful screen prints of Marilyn Monroe, or his famous Nico and the velvet underground banana. Instead we were given multiple screen prints of the same black shaded painting in different colors which was his piece called Shadows.
We where all dazed and confused not knowing how to react to what we where given. Until we were told what Shadows actually meant to Warhol, we where in a state of shock. Continue reading
By Julian, MakerSpace Instructor
Today we had our first session of MakerSpace. What is MakerSpace, you ask? It is a new Las Fotos Project series for girls, and their friends and families! It’s a place for creativity, fun, imagination, and inspiration. The students craft image based art pieces which allows them to create beyond digital photography.
Our first project was “Painting with Emotions.” We setup individual workstations with brushes, palettes, canvases, and paints. We answered questions about the different types of emotions that come up during the day and the colors that are associated with them. Then we re-created those colors with red, yellow, blue, black, and white. You can make almost any color with those except neon beige! Continue reading