Peggy Farren interviews photographer Mindy Towns. Mindy talks to us about opportunities in our own community and beyond for using your camera to give back and help others.
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Understand Photography General Notes
“You have to set yourself apart from other photographers.”
– got into hobby photography with her children
– started collecting “good gear” after a trip to Panama
– joined Lakewood Ranch Camera Club, Sarasota – eventually became president of the club
consistent, good leadership, great opportunities for learning
“Every time I learn something new, it becomes my favorite.”
– Learned posing from Sue Brice
– Inspired by composites of Kirk Marsh
“I can be my own model. I don’t have to teach someone. I can do what I want.”
– loves telling stories with her pictures
Volunteer Project Opportunities
– Local Event Photography, local newspapers
– important to capture individual expressions as well as wide, all-encompassing shots
– tell the story from the time the event starts until it ends
– know everything that is happening at the event so that you can plan where you need to be
– HeartSpeak – animal shelter
– Missing In America Project – unclaimed remains/ashes of fallen soldiers (Sarasota National Cemetery)
– SunCoast Children’s Charities
– Heart Gallery – children in foster system
– Lakewood Ranch community activities
– government project to help 500 kids in rural mountains
– school principal handpicked 10 students, ages 10-15 to participate in photo project
– all given a disposable camera (24 exp.)
– told to take pics of what was important to them
– 3 required shots: where they sleep, where they eat, where they get water
– project raised awareness and funded new teacher dormitories
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