“To change a community, you have to change the soil.” - Ron Finley
I’d like to thank the students I had the chance to meet and work with at Westside Academy at Blodgett this year. We took a journey and learned from each other. After the first day I thought a lot about the Tony Danza Book I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.
We did photo walks, technical research, contests and model shoots, and their skill levels continued to rise to the challenge. But soon I noticed that the children were teaching me as much about creativity and expression as I taught them about photography.
Visiting the Westside neighborhood daily was an eye-opening experience. The assignment helped me become a better photographer and a better person.
Also a special shout-out to Ms. Darby (the program director), Mr. Hicks (the principal), and Syracuse City School District alum Adrian Sicam (the multi-talented artist who allowed SIF to use his music for this piece).