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.



Unseen Eastside High School represents a group of high school students in a community where the challenges of young adulthood are met with assumptions about differences and similarities – not unlike that in the broader society. Taking photographs and sharing their own personal stories through this project gave the students at Eastside the opportunity to say, "You see me as one thing, but I am much more than meets the eye." The photographs represent a small sampling of students’ portrayals of themselves. 


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.