Albuquerque kids use cameras to document life as they see it

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of Albuquerque kids are using cameras to document life as they see it.

“It’s a hand in a tree on a journey,” said 11-year-old Makaylee.

Fourth and fifth graders at Reginald Chavez Elementary School just finished working on the “Eye-Am Photography Project.”

The project was created to teach students the key principles of photography and use the camera as an expressive tool to document their roots, culture and environment.

“I think these kids got a lot out of it and probably in more ways than they haven’t come to realize just yet,” said professional photographer and project founder Fernando Delgado.

Thanks to an APS Horizons Grant, the school was able to buy 42 cameras.

The kids then got to take them home during spring break to document their lives.

“We didn’t have any restrictions,” said Delgado. “They could shoot whatever they wanted and just tell us why.”

The students took a handful of pictures. They then had to write a summary of why the took the picture and what it meant to them.

“I took this picture of my sister because I wanted to show that I love her,” said Anthony.

“I took this picture to show that I can grow branches and see life as it is,” said Makaylee.

“It taught me how to use different backgrounds when you take pictures,” said Lucas.

Delgado said the results went way beyond his expectations.

He said the kids didn’t just take photos. Instead, they made art.

About thirty of the pictures are on display at Albuquerque OASIS, a local gallery.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg,” said Delgado.

The gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 8 to 5. It runs through August 28.

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