Posts Tagged ‘Blodgett School’

Art of Photography: The Universal Language

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Students from the Near Westside

Students from Syracuse’s Near West Side became interested in street photography after seeing the work of Bill Cunningham.

Bill Cunningham wasn’t the first to cover fashion, and he didn’t invent street photography–he just did them differently. He passed away yesterday at the age of 87. We showed a class of photography students the biopic of Cunningham a few years ago and they recognized his gifts and his cool.

Dancing in the Streets

Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Last Dance, Jazz in the City (Westside)

Last Dance, Jazz in the City (Westside)

Here are some photos of dancing during Thursdays Jazz in the City, which was held at one of the stops along the Connective Corridor Route (Westside).

Rhonda Arns dances to the sounds of Edgar Pagans bass (Jazz in the City)

Brasil to Blodgett: Rhonda Arns danced to the sounds of Edgar Pagans bass on Thursday (Jazz in the City). Grupo Pagan recently returned from performing in Brasil.

Breaking Barriers at Blodgett: A couple danced during an early set at Jazz in the City on Thursday.

Baila: A couple danced during an early set at by Grupo Pagan.

Sowing Seeds

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
“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).