“It’s been a long time since I’ve been this proud of myself.”
Former foster youth Deitrick stood amongst friends and supporters at the recent gallery showing, Foster Art and shared this exultant sentiment.
Just a few weeks prior, Deitrick and five other former and current foster youth participated in a two-day photography boot camp, hosted by PBS SoCal and the UnScene Photography Tour. The weekend-long training offered opportunities for participants to show what life is like through their personal lens—that of foster youth. The six fledgling photographers explored areas of interest in Downtown Los Angeles, while accompanied by a teacher to assist them in capturing unique shots. For some, this assistance meant simply explaining how to create leading lines to direct focus on their subject, for others it meant standing back patiently and waiting for the perfect person to walk into their frame.
At the end of the training friends, family, and arts patrons converged to see the photographers’ collections at the aforementioned gallery showing. That night, each photographer sold at least 1/3 of his or her collection in a silent auction. And while selling a work of art is certainly an accomplishment, Deitrick’s triumphant moment came simply from seeing his pieces hanging on the gallery wall.
Check out a couple shots from each photographer’s collection, as well as some highlights from the gallery showing below.