Photographs from the Inside
These are the photographs and words of thirteen girls, ranging from ages 14-18, who are incarcerated at a detention facility in Alachua County. The photographs were all taken inside their facility without showing faces. Taking photographs and sharing their own words through this project gave the girls an opportunity to think about how they are and would like to be represented at this moment in their life. Workshop participants were exposed to different types of photography, provided with digital cameras and taught manual photography.
These photographs were made by a groups of high school students who face many challenges as they transition into young adulthood, including assumptions about who they are as individuals.
YSIA enables participants to share their stories through their own personal lens. They offer viewers an opportunity to move beyond the misrepresentations often found throughout society.
Participating students were provided with digital cameras and learned manual photography.
Islam on Campus
As a response to the Islamophobia following the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, You See I Am (previously UnseenAmerica) facilitated photography classes with Muslim students at the University of Florida, giving them an opportunity to express themselves in ways that differed greatly from the stereotypical narrative that was being played out in most media outlets. Classes culminated in a traveling exhibit, which included venues such as the Gainesville Public Library, University of Florida Reitz Union, United Church of Gainesville, and local restaurants. The National Endowment for the Arts sponsored this exhibit.