As students get ready to begin a shoot on “stranger portraits” we engaged a conversation regarding whether or not to ask permission from the stranger.
Acknowledging that every situation will be different, we discussed “reading” the unspoken cues of body language, as well as ways to approach individuals with dignity and appreciation in an effort to help people understand that the photo student motives are reputable.
What a great life lesson as well!
Students practiced these techniques by pairing and working with a stranger in the class (someone that they have no interaction with at all). First, students were asked to sit across from each other and look into each other’s eyes for two minutes. They could choose to talk or not, as long as they continued looking into each other’s eyes.
When the two minutes were up, students were invited to then talk with each other about taking each other’s portrait.
The bond they had formed in the brief two minute exercise, was evident as they worked together in their shoots.
In their final written reflections, students commented on the journey they felt they want on during this lesson….truly an inspiration!
Today the CHSN staff worked with Simone Gamble from the Brotherhood-Sistersol school around the topic of Safe Spaces. With Simone as our guide staff members engaged in difficult conversations surrounding the topic of race. This open and respectful dialogue continues to be a valuable tool as we come together as a community to better understand one another.
Two years ago,Save The Children released a video that is more timely than ever. This powerful PSA was intended to raise awareness about the millions of children affected by the crisis in Syria. The PSA follows a young girl one second a day for one year, and imagines what the crisis in Syria would look like if it were to happen in the UK.
While we may be able to remove ourselves from crisis a world away, when we imagine ourselves in those situations, we can begin to gain some empathy on the impact on individuals.
Covergirl has discovered 17 year old James Charles!
USA Today reports:
Charles — who first began documenting his work on Instagram a year ago and went viral last month following his fierce yearbook shoot — will continue the partnership through the year and star in CoverGirl’s new mascara campaign, “So Lashy,” which goes live later this month.
“I am so honored and excited to be working with such an iconic brand,” he wrote on his personal Instagram. “I started my Instagram one year ago to inspire others and as an artistic outlet to challenge myself creatively. I truly hope that this shows that anyone and everyone can wear makeup and can do anything if you work hard.”
This moving experience has been used in various ways, most recently by Amnesty International to bridge understanding between Europeans and the recent wave of refugees. 4 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact is used as a tool to break down barriers.
We can’t wait to give this a try with our students!