The first group I started the project with was a group of kindergardeners in an after school program at Isla Visa School in Goleta, California. The school is right down the street from me and it seemed like the obvious place to start out. I was also very curious to see what kind of photographs the kids would produce. After contacting the school principal and then the after school teacher, I was able to schedule a time to meet with the children to explain my project and let them have free reign with the cameras.
Ms. Kelemen also helped me form a deal with the Samy’s Camera store downtown where they lent me their used film cameras they had for free and gave me a discount on development. I also had to, before I gave the kids cameras, create permission slips for their parents to sign, allowing me to use their pictures for my project and for their children to be photographed. All parents but one agreed.
On the day it was really chaotic trying to explain everything to the children and passing out the cameras because they were all very eager and antsy and wanted to get started right away. They had tons of questions and we tried to explain to the best of our ability how to use the cameras so that the pictures didn’t come out blurry. The whole experience was really fun, though, as the kids ran around, proud of what they were doing and glad they had full control of what they wanted everyone to see. Above are just some of the pictures they took.