On February 9th, at The Casa de Espanol, Dennis Menendez presented his work to the community. His work portrays his homeland, Cuba through his eyes.
Youth media hubs from all over California united in Sacramento to socialize, learn, and discuss topics that effect the youth and the communities surrounding them. The BHC Youth Media convening was held at the Doubletree by Hilton and had many youth media groups come from various places in California such as Fresno, South Kern, Oakland, Boyle Heights, and more.
When first arriving, the young journalists checked-in with their luggage to get their room before going to the ballroom to have lunch with the rest of the youth. The first speaker of the day was Dana Griffin; a news reporter from KCRA 3. She began with an introduction of herself covering how before she lived in Sacramento she was a reporter and fill-in anchor in Rhode Island and about how her career began in Eureka, California. She finished her talk by answering questions from the audience.
The youth took a quick break to their rooms and came back down to the ballroom to do workshops. One was about photography in which you would learn about lighting and angles. In the other, the youth learned about LGBTQ history. At the end of day one, every youth media hub got together at the ballroom to eat dinner. They then hurried off into their rooms, ending the night.
The next day started with breakfast with a speaker from BLM speaking on his experiences while advocating his views. He talked about shutting down BART in Oakland and other protests. He finished his speech and took questions from the audience
We moved onto two more workshops which included how to do Quik videos presented by Isaac Gonzalez. In that workshop, he taught everyone how easy and fast it is for someone to make a video using the program.
“I think it’s pretty cool. I mean it’s something that I think is interesting and I could use to easily make videos with,” said Jocelyn Cuevas, a youth media participant at the event.
The second workshop was about infographics in which they taught the audience about
what it means to have a mean share information and the power it has to do so.
“Using information from credible sources and a bit of art design, you could make a really informative infographic,” said Isabella Martinez, s fellow youth journalist.
We finished the whole event with announcing who were the photo contest winners and gathering everyone together for a grand photo before sending everyone home to where they traveled from.
This week we have 2 fabulous guests including Laurie Lee of LunaFest and Terri Brindisi, Photographer. Both of our LiveWire guests will have some wonderful things to share with us.
Our first guest, Laurie Lee, will be talking about LunaFest and the Zonta Club. Luna Fest is a film festival that celebrates women and is sponsored by Zonta Club of Sacramento. It will benefit St. John’s Shelter Program, The Nurse-Family Partnership, and the Breast Cancer Fund. The festival is on Saturday, May 18th at Sierra at Sierra 2 Theatre in Sacramento. There is a matinee and an evening show to choose from. The event will also include a silent auction, and enjoy some tasty bites and live music. This is an event you won’t want to miss.
For information about LunaFest and Zonta Club of Sacramento please log on to www.LunaFest.org/Sacramento and ‘like’ The Sacramento Zonta Club on Facebook.
This week we will also be welcoming back Photographer, Terri Brindisi. She appeared on LiveWire as a representative for the Vespertine Circus in which she is a roustabout. This time she will be featured on the show as an artist. Her photography skills are being talked about all over Sacramento and the Bay Area and she is high demand. We will get to explore her photography and she will share some of her work with us. We are excited to have her back on LiveWire and we know you will enjoy her work, too.
To learn more about Terri Brindisi Photography please log on to www.TBrindisi.com .
Photography is an art that has been around for a long, long time. In modern day, photography is still something that excites creative minds daily. The Lens Blog, which is sponsored by the New York Times, is introducing a new program called ‘My Hometown’ that will hopefully attract many of these creative minds from all over the nation.
Until May 1st, teenagers from every corner of the U.S. will be challenged to take pictures of just about anything; documentary images, landscapes, schools, parks, and more. Anything to illustrate what goes on in their daily lives in their part of the country.
“The project was inspired by our belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities,” said James Estrin, Lens Blog co-editor.
The main goal of the Lens Blog is to get a complete look at the life of every teenager in America as of 2013. That means getting a peek of every different economic, regional, and cultural prospective.
The event has only a few rules; the photographers should be between the ages of 14 and 18. The program, class, or organization interested in getting involved should send in an email describing what their group is like and why they think their submissions would be important. Once this description is submitted, it’s important to use proper captions so that the photos can be organized correctly.
There should be no more than four images submitted per student. Advisors and teachers are allowed to help the students edit and upload their work. Images must be submitted between March 20th and May 1st.
If you are interested in the program and would like some more details, you can visit the Lens Blog itself at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/my-hometown-teenagers-document-america/.
By Pavoua Thao
It’s always been said that pictures can capture a thousand words. It is true in every essence of the phrase. I am not a professional photography by any means, but whole-heartedly, I am a photo enthusiast. I love colors, lighting, props, poses, apertures, capturing the perfect moment, basically photography.
I don’t want money for my skills, the one thing I really want to do is expose the beautiful in what we all see as not. There are gemstones all over Sacramento. Graffiti, old buildings, simple lampposts, people, open spaces can all be great pictures. Photography is all about perception. Everyone perceives things uniquely.
I teach photography occasionally to relatives and friends. It’s such a rewarding feeling. It brings everyone together. At the end of the day, we get to see who took the best pictures and who used what was taught that day. I can feel all the awesome, happy chemicals in my head. This simple art form, no matter if it’s digital or film, do bring communities together.
Growing up I was really shy; I didn’t have a lot of friends. Taking pictures was how I spoke. Through photography, I’ve made great friends as well. So pick up a camera! Whether a DSLR, point and shoot camera, or even your phone and start shooting!
“A Thing of Beauty…”
This week LiveWire will feature Photographer, Patricia Branham. She is a local artist with an eye for beauty and talent for capturing it on film. Her photos are often mistaken for paintings and drawings because of their unique style and vibrant feel. She will be on the show to share her work with us and tell us about her inspiration and what it is that makes her work so special. For more information about how you can see her work log on to http://fineartamerica.com/art/all/patricia+branham.
Tune in to LiveWire on Wednesday, June 1st at 5pm to learn more about Patricia Branham and her art and watch Access Sacramento channel 17 or log on to www.AccessSacramento.org and click ‘watch 17’ for the simulcast.