Posts Tagged ‘Outreach’

National Geographic Photo Camp - Smith Island, Words From Our Students

National Geographic Photo Camp – Smith Island, Words From Our Students

There are a lot of differences between here and home. For one thing it’s more peaceful. It’s like the rest of the world is on pause. Things are just more beautiful here. In the city a pile of bricks to me, was just a pile of bricks. But here through the eye of my camera — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Smith Island

National Geographic Photo Camp – Smith Island

Last month, NGPC conducted it’s first ever all-female Photo Camp with 12 girls from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. Four students from VisionWorkshops’ Crossing Borders program, girls from Iraq and Nepal, accompanied the group as team leaders for the younger girls, new to this type of photographic story-telling program. Their task was to — Read more…

Crossing Borders Baltimore – I Am

This winter, our Crossing Borders program in Baltimore with the Refugee Youth Project, gave 15 refugee teens the opportunity to explore their new city of Baltimore; it’s similarities and differences to their home country, culminating in a visual “letter” to the city and it’s people entitled, “Dear Baltimore.” In April, these students participated in a — Read more…


Giga Who?  Giga What?

Giga Who? Giga What?

GigaPan! Integrating the use of a GigaPan into our programs has yielded some really fantastic results. For those of you out there still scratching your head, GigaPan is not a gigantic frying pan, but an amazing little robot developed by Carnegie Mellon University, with NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, and a little help from Google. — Read more…

Photo Camp Chad 1

Photo Camp Chad 1

Themes of encouraging cooperation and building community guided the first of our three consecutive Photo Camps in N’Djamena, Chad. Students were assigned to shoot in areas of the city where different examples of those themes could be found and explored. Then our staff led focused group discussions which inspired participants to discover their own unique — Read more…

National Geographic Photo Camp - Chad

National Geographic Photo Camp – Chad

For the last two months, VisionWorkshops has had the unique opportunity of running another National Geographic Photo Camp series in a locale not often photographed. Through the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Peace Through Development program, 60 youth from across the country of Chad came to the capital city — Read more…


Our Mentors - Alison Harbaugh

Our Mentors – Alison Harbaugh

In this new blog series, VisionWorkshops hopes to highlight our incredibly diverse and talented group of mentors. Acting as teachers, assistants and friends to our students, our mentors work across all our programs. We hope their experiences with our students and programs as told by them will add another chapter to the story that is — Read more…

A Lasting Impression

A Lasting Impression

Pine Ridge came with a preface. One that was relayed to me with great emotional depth as a place that was overwrought with “permanent grief” and the repercussions that come with that. What I found; however, were nine kids with a glimmer of hope in their eyes, and an unmatched excitement by having a camera — Read more…

Slow Down

Slow Down

Day three of our photography workshop with the kids from Pine Ridge, afforded us the opportunity to slow the pace and enjoy our surroundings. Rockin’ R Ranch were our hosts for morning trail riding and the students were tasked to photograph ‘action’ for our lesson. While many of the students were seasoned riders, and were — Read more…


A Change of Perspective

A Change of Perspective

Often times, when faced with a difficult situation, human nature is to fight, flight, or freeze. However, a shift in how we see things can turn an unsurmountable challenge into a positive, life-changing experience. The same applies to photography. Our view of the world through the viewfinder of a camera can change drastically depending on — Read more…

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

These students represent an aspect of American culture that is often overlooked or shied away from. This year, we decided to adapt our programming to better fit the needs and the challenges they face. Our thought was that an “adventure photography workshop” approach would be an exciting way to engage and encourage the students to — Read more…

First Impressions

First Impressions

Being new to the photography camps outside of our regional programming, coming here to Pine Ridge has, thus far, been a wonderful first-time experience. South Dakota greeted us with quite a storm, that we watched from across the rolling green plains, callused with these so-called Badlands. Moody maybe, but definitely not “bad.” One thing that — Read more…


Photo Camp Crimea

Maybe it was the myth and magic of the Black Sea drifting in with the tide, but when things really fall into place during one of our camps, the evidence is truly in the student images that are produced. Our Crimean students traveled from near and far to the resort town of Simiez to capture — Read more…