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Montreal Families

New photography program for teens

The teenage years can be a particularly introspective time during which questions and concerns over one’s identity and interests feel palpable. Kathleen Girard, a professional photographer, says she knows teens can benefit from having an outlet to express themselves, which is one of the reasons she is offering a photo camp this fall.

“I think teens sometimes relate their feelings and thoughts more easily with visual mediums as opposed to words,” says Girard, owner of Cookie et sa garde robe photo studio. “It’s a time of transition, and photography is an outlet for them to express how they perceive themselves and how they want to be perceived.”

Geared toward teens ages 13 to 17, the camp will allow participants to choose whether they shoot with their own digital camera or a cellphone; highlighting how different devices can produce wonderful, surprising images.

Participants will be taught the fundamentals of good photography, such as subject, colour, tone and movements, and will get the chance to do both indoor and outdoor photography. There will be an emphasis on photo manipulation and editing, as teens will be introduced to the ins-and-outs of Photoshop.

“It will be quite different than your traditional photo class; we won’t be trying to create things that look normal, instead we’re going to try to push boundaries,” Girard says. “I’ll be showing them creative photo examples for inspiration; we will be shooting people, spaces, and combining them, chopping up stuff, merging things, trying to create a bit of a surreal world as opposed to a traditional everyday scene.”

The cost is $250 and classes will run every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, from Sept. 14 to Nov. 23, and will culminate in a vernissage.

For more information call 514-783-1370 or visit cookiephoto.ca.

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