Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire
other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Kid! of the Month for March, 2008:
“The project exceeded my wildest expectations…and not necessarily because of the images that the children took. While they were great, what really moved me was the total 'trip' that they went on in doing this project. They really got into to it and it was…. a great escape for all of them… an escape that culminated in a Preview Night that I don’t think any of them will forget.”
"It's about TOMORROW. It's about hope... and the camera provides them with the vehicle to go on this journey."
Paul Denckla, Principal, Project: Tomorrow Young Photographers Initiative ("YPI KIDS")
“I liked being able to do things by myself. To direct my subject and take my own pictures, with no one telling me what to do was great…. And I got my mind off being sick.”
Rebecca Hardy, 15; Young Photographer from Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP)
Our March Amazing Kids! of the Month:
American Folk Singer and songwriter Joan Baez had once said “Action is the antidote to despair.” When we face an adverse situation, the best way to fight it is by doing something constructive. It reduces stress and provides a fresh perspective.
The Project: Tomorrow, a Young Photographers Initiative and Exhibition (or "YPI KIDS") provided a similar opportunity to nine children undergoing treatment for cancer in Maine. The brainchild of Paul Denckla, a photographer and former architect and retired real estate investment professional, the project helped them forget their illness and express themselves through the art of photography. The photographs also provided an insight into some of the beautiful relationships that these children share with their family and friends.
We hope these children from Project: Tomorrow and their touching photographs will inspire you to overcome adversity you may face with hope, a positive attitude and a realization of the importance of family and friend in our lives.
Don't forget: If you, or a young person
(or persons!) you know, has an
amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or
ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids!
know about it! Simply complete our Amazing Kids! of the Month award online
form, visit our AKOM nomination information page (http://www.amazing-kids.org/nomination.htm#nomination)
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Project: Tomorrow, Young Photographers Initiative ("YPI KIDS")
Amazing Young Photographers
Project: Tomorrow is the inaugural project for the Young Photographers Initiative, which was founded by Paul Denckla, a photographer and former architect and real estate investment professional. The project was created in partnership with the Maine Children's Cancer Program at Maine Medical Center. A group of children and teens, ages 9 to 18, were given Holga cameras, were taught the basics of photography and how to use the cameras, and then were asked to complete a photographic assignment.
At the close of the Exhibition each child was given the set of his/her images, along with a CD of all images in the Exhibition together with a poster designed to commemorate the Exhibition.
As Denckla explains: "It's about TOMORROW. It's about hope... and the camera provides them with the vehicle to go on this journey."
Amazing Kids! is pleased to introduce you to the beautiful images taken by these amazing young photographers who participated in Project: Tomorrow, as follows below.
Dr. Craig Hurwitz, Josh's Oncologist
Eleven year old Josh Coloney describes himself as a 'joker'. He chose his oncologist as the subject of his photograph “because he is smart, funny and a good person.”
Ten year old Andrew Cileais as passionate about baseball as anyone can be. In the photograph is his cousin who is “kind, funny and fun to play with." Andrew says: "Sometimes I let him beat me."
Courtney McIntire, 17, chose her Grandma as the most important person in her life because “she has been through every-thing with me and even though I can be stubborn she never gives up on me.”
Twelve year old Kayla Withrow describes herself as “really outgoing” and chose her Aunt Marie for her portrait because “she had tough things to overcome and she did that.”
Rebecca Hardy, 15, loves horses and horse riding. She spends a lot of time on her laptop. She chose her sister Leah as her subject for being her 'best friend’.
Seventeen year old Amanda Hogate's favorite gadget is her iPod. She can play the cello. She picked her brother Conner as the subject of her portrait for all the lovely things they do together.
Nine year-old Brendon Dunn descibes himself as funny. He chose his dad, Andrew Dunn, for the portrait. “I want to be like him when I grow up.” Brendon says.
Nineteen year-old Deanna Stephan loves music. She is passionate about helping other children with cancer. She considers her Pop Pop Joseph Guadangino as her hero and hence, chose him as the subject of her portrait.
Nineteen year old Nicole Woodward can't stand being alone. She chose her nephew Kolbe as her subject. “It doesn't matter what mood I'm in, he can always make you smile.” Nicole says.
Project: Tomorrow, the Young Photographers Initiative and Exhibition has provided the children with an opportunity to express themselves, to take a break from their experiences being a patient in a children's hospital, while exploring their world and their own creativity, and ultimately, have some fun along the journey towards Tomorrow.
Watch a moving video about Project: Tomorrow, which first appeared on a local Maine television news program called 207.
Becca says: “I was starting to feel better from my treatments and saw this project and I immediately wanted to try it. I always loved photography and this was something I could take charge and do something by myself again.”
The experience has been a life changing one for many of them. “It has made me stronger. It has given me a whole new outlook on life, because nobody is promised tomorrow.” says Deanna.
Photographyreview.com blog: http://forums.photographyreview.com/blog.php?do=showentry&e=339&enum=1
It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!)
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