Lens on Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We partner with local schools and organizations around the world to host our programs led by a volunteer community of seasoned photographers. Lens on Life provides education, resources, community, and promotion and sales of participants' creations in the form of photographic prints and products to help sustain financial resources to support Lens on Life programs and the continuing education of its hopeful, young photographers around the world.
April 2013: Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Clubs, Atlanta, Georgia
Fourteen budding photographers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta gathered each day during their Spring Break, April 8-12, 2013 at the John H. Harland Boys and Girls Club on the west end of Atlanta to learn the art of mobile photography from award-winning photographer, author, and Lens on Life founder, Stephanie Calabrese Roberts.
During the workshop, students (ages 13-18) learned an introduction photography; participated in collaborative discussions about the work of master photographers; and practiced their mobile shooting skills on field trips to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and various streetscapes throughout Atlanta including the Old Fourth Ward skateboard park and the infamous Krog Street Tunnel in Cabbagetown.
Roberts curated and submitted several photographs from each student to the New York Times “My Hometown” project, a national initiative to portray America as seen through the eyes of teenagers. Images will appear in an interactive web feature on the New York Times Lens blog and will be archived in the Library of Congress. Locally, student work will be printed and shared in the upcoming Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Annual Sony ImageMakers Photography Exhibition.
April 2011: Koseli School, Kathmandu Nepal
Stephanie Calabrese Roberts and Jen Lemen lead Lens on Life's first program with a small group of students (ages 10 and up) at Koseli School in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2011. Students learned and practiced the art of photography using donated iPhone cameras and a variety of apps to process their images during a one-week workshop in the classroom, on the streets, and in their homes in the slums of Kathmandu.
The workshop consisted of daily instruction on camera and photography basics; study and discussion of photographs by seasoned photographers; journaling and story planning; creative exercises to engage students in shooting, processing and captioning their photographs; and group critiques of students' work. A selection of student photographs from the program will be shared in the Lens on Life online gallery and made available for purchase.