October 23

Lessons in dignity and appreciation from a Photography class

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.

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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.

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In their final written reflections, students commented on the journey they felt they want on during this lesson….truly an inspiration!


October 16

Walk a year in their shoes…

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.

October 12

CoverGirl Announces Its First Male CoverGirl Spokesmodel

james-charles-first-male-cover-girl-modelCovergirl 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.”



October 3

We are not them, WE ARE US!

What better way to kick off this blog, than with a video from the Newground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for change.

Quick and to the point…”We are not all one label,”  and misunderstandings grow when we make generalizations about groups of people.

So much positive will grow if we take the time to build relationships and get to know a little bit about each other!