Giving Back Through Photography

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For the last several weeks, Reel 9’s Erin Marie Davis has been saving her Tuesday evenings to share her love and knowledge of photography with teenage girls through the Las Fotos Project in east Los Angeles.

Founded in 2010 by LA-based photographer, Eric V. Ibarra, Las Fotos Project aims to build the self-esteem and confidence of their young, female participants by teaching them all the ins and outs of using a point and shoot camera.

The specific program that Erin has been leading is entitled Esta Soy Yo, This Is Me. The girls are asked to take photos that represent what Home means to each of them individually and the issues and challenges that face their communities. The program will culminate in a photography exhibit on December 12th, location TBD.

On November 7th, Erin and her class were invited, along with group of professional photographers, to participate in a photo walk through downtown LA hosted by SaveArt in collaboration with Will Nichols and Highsnobiety. The walk was led by a local historian and each photographer was invited to capture his or her point of view of the city and its unique art and architecture.

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At the end of the day, around 100 photos were selected for the Picture the City exhibit at the Timothy Hogan Projects in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.  Six of Erin’s photos made it into the final selection (three pictured below). All the prints are available for sale and the proceeds will be donated to Las Fotos.

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