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Week 12 | 52 Rolls in 52 Weeks - Youth In Focus

One of the most rewarding volunteer experiences this year was the two quarters I mentored young people in photography at Youth In Focus. Founded by Walter Bodle , the mission of Youth In Focus reads is:

to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives.

For six hours a week I had the privilege of working with some of the brightest, most thoughtful, creative, and talented people (not just youth) I've ever known. I honestly believe I learned more from them then they learned from me. I could go on and on about what these students mean to me and how they've improved my skill in photography and my outlook on life, but I'll suffice it to say that I emerged from this experience a much better person and much more skilled artist. Thanks to all the wonderful people who make this program what it is.

Chris creating video clips for a project he is doing for Youth In Focus. Kate Burnley mentored with me in the Beginning Black and White class. I really love the work she does in and out of the classroom. Check out her  site . Image created with Leica M6 + Ilford HP5+.

Chris creating video clips for a project he is doing for Youth In Focus. Kate Burnley mentored with me in the Beginning Black and White class. I really love the work she does in and out of the classroom. Check out her site. Image created with Leica M6 + Ilford HP5+.

The end of quarter show where the students display their work to their friends and family. This is the show everybody works towards.

The end of quarter show where the students display their work to their friends and family. This is the show everybody works towards.

Trina Gadsden, Executive Director of Youth In Focus (black dress), looks on proudly as the students individually present their work.

Trina Gadsden, Executive Director of Youth In Focus (black dress), looks on proudly as the students individually present their work.

Getting to know Scope 5

Getting to know Scope 5

In preparation for the upcoming 2013 SVP Fast Pitch, the photo team has been going around and getting updates on some of the previous winners. I chose to go out and visit the folks over at Scope 5 because they work in an industry I understand and because I’ve heard their names come up time after time again, yet have never had the chance to meet them. One of the reasons I enjoy volunteering with projects and issues I care about is that it often focuses my work in ways that wouldn’t happen otherwise. Also, I learn things about people that don’t typically come up in more formal situations. Who would have known the CEO/co-founder Yoram Bernet was a photographer who specialized in architectural work. He appreciated the Leica M6 and 400TX film I used to photograph them. Here are some of the results.

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX

Image by Michael B. Maine made with Leica M6 + Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 + 400TX