Like Mother Like Daughter

During the spring of 2015, Las Fotos Project students collaborated with photographer Noe Montes to document themselves and their mothers for a project called: Like Mother Like Daughter.

Las Fotos Project – Like Mother Like Daughter from Las Fotos Project on Vimeo.

Special Thanks To:
Noe Montes
Julian Sambrano
Mercedes Heart
Facha Patoto Gallery
Nena Soulfly
Martha Carrillo

Las Fotos Project presents ESTA SOY YO: Inspirational Women, a Youth Photography Exhibit

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This semester Las Fotos Project students documented inspirational women, women who they admire, and women who motivate them to be their best selves. They developed a beautiful narrative of personal stories and images which share their perspective on the important role that women play in their lives.

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend!

Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 5PM to 8PM
5:00PM: Community potluck
6:30PM: Event program

Cielo Galleries
3201 Maple Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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InFocus Talks: Jesenia Quijada + VSA Designs

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By: Maya Rosado, 12

This InFocusTalks was about product photography and the best way to get your product to look in a photo you take.

I learned that when taking pictures of jewelry (which is what we used) the model should have a very relaxed posture and pose for the best picture of the product. It shows people relaxed vibes so that they would want to get the product.

My favorite part of the workshop was collaborating with some girls of different groups to take photos of the jewelry. Also, while working with the other girls, I got more comfortable talking and taking pictures with them.

I felt very happy taking pictures and modeling the jewelry. I liked it so much especially opening the box of jewelry because none of us knew what kind of jewelry was inside.

The experience of working in groups was great, we all shared the camera and we all got the chance to model. We tried different angles, lighting, different places in the yard, different models, lots of things. Overall I had a great experience and would love to do something like this again.

Join us at Viva La Muxer!

The First Annual Viva La Muxer is an all female art and music festival, a celebration of International Women’s Day, and a benefit event for lil’ ol’ us. Viva La Muxer will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 6PM – 10PM at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA).

You support Las Fotos Project by purchasing tickets to the event here: www.vivalamuxer.com. 100% of the proceeds go to LFP and will allow us to purchase more equipment so that we can serve even more young women and girls.

Check out the official Facebook event page HERE.

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Art Making with Boyle Heights for Youth

By Lizzy, age 17

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I attended an art workshop hosted by the Boyle Heights for Youth leaders. We learned about youth development and the benefits of positive programs for young people in our community. We also learned about the Boyle Heights for Youth campaign which will increase the City’s investment in youth development programs.

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I participated in an activity that spelled out “YOUTH POWER”. Along with my group, I crafted pictures on large cardboard letter cutouts that exemplified education enrichment. Jocelyn, Luna and I utilized wonderful pictures containing books for knowledge and graduation caps because I’m graduating this year and I can’t wait!  Continue reading

Breaking Norms & Building Self-Confidence

By Julisa

Every semester, Las Fotos Project works with dozens of young ladies teaching them to think in ways they may not have considered before. Beyond photography, they are inspired to let their curiosity guide them as they become more comfortable with viewing the world through a camera lens and their own lives through a more sophisticated kind of lens:  Social Awareness.

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This Fall semester, one of the young ladies that took on the task of exploring her physical and perceptual surrounding was Jasmine Salazar, a 14-year old from Theodore Roosevelt High School, whose ultimate goal is to become a Marine Biologist. Initially, she joined LFP this Fall with the expectation of simply learning “how to take good pictures.” To her surprise, LFP turned out to be “more than that. A lot of friendships blossomed and we have grown into our own little community, which is more than I could have asked for.” Continue reading

MakerSpace

By Julian Sambrano

Las Fotos Project’s Makerspace first semester came to a close on November 20th. This year we were able to learn about ourselves through a few specifically curated art projects. We had about 40 – 50 participants consisting of students, family, and friends.

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Still don’t know what Makerspace is? Just in case you missed our last post, it is a place for the community to get together and create and express themselves in an artistic way. We use a variety of techniques in art to share ideas, express parts of our personality, have fun, talk about our community, and make new friends. We are expanding the program next year to become a year long monthly program. The program is open to anyone and everyone in our community who would like to make and foster their imagination! Continue reading

You’re Invited! ESTA SOY YO Youth Photo Exhibit – Fall 2014

ESY_Facebook TimlineDiscover 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. 

Movie Nights: Half the Sky

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.

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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

InFocus Talks: Victoria Guerra

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.

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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