Become A Mentee: Fall 2020

Updated: 5 days ago

Join our First Exposures family for our Virtual Summer Program! Learn photography in a supportive and creative community. Take your photography to the next level.

APPLY TO BE A NEW MENTEE Fall Application due August 30th, 2020

Date: Every Saturday from September 12th to December 12th

Time: Two class options offered, mornings or afternoons for 1.5 hours Where: In the virtual world

First Exposures Virtual Fall Program details: First Exposures is approaching Fall 2020 in a new way! Our theme this year will be Inside Out, which will center the voice, experience, and imagination of our youth during the quarantine, culminating in a project at the end of the semester. We want this semester to be about the diverse and unique ways young people process, make sense of, and create their realities, empowering them to dream of new worlds and possibilities. To look at some great examples, look here, here, here, here, and here! Fall 2020 will run from September 12th to December 12th; to maintain safety for our community, we will be holding all of our classes virtually. We will be offering two class focuses, "fiction" and "nonfiction", as well as, two class times to choose from, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The times of each class will be confirmed through email. All of our classes will be taught by instructors, using digital cameras, photo editing software, and creativity as our tools. The Fiction Focus will be a class that explores photography styles such as fine art, conceptual, abstract, and experimental. The Nonfiction Focus will be a class that explores photography styles such as documentary, photojournalism, and street photography.


Here is what former First Exposures Students said about the program:

First Exposures: a family of friends, no judgment, no right or wrong -- just photos.

- Second-year mentee, age 16

First Exposures has given me the chance to capture what is going on in my life. I’ll only be 18 once, so I’m lucky to have a camera to capture that.

- Second-year mentee, age 18

To me First Exposures means being able to express myself through an art. It means being around people who will help and support me to become a better photographer and a better person overall. My mentor is supportive and open minded. She is not only my mentor, but a friend who I can share my stories with and I know she’ll listen.

- First-year mentee, age 13

First Exposures to me means a second family. It means acceptance and freely being able to express yourself. Our prints show what we see, and we feel comfortable enough to show each other how we interact with the world. To me my mentor means a sister. She is someone that encourages me to do my best and to test my limits.

- Sixth-year mentee, age 18

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