Student Leader Hosts Nature Inspired Photography Fundraiser Benefiting GTWT

As a young member of the San Gabriel Forever Leadership Academy, GTWT Alumni Lizbeth Rojas chose to focus her community action project on raising awareness among Boyle Heights teens about the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, as well as the environmental challenges that they face.

In collaboration with Las Fotos Project, Lizbeth led a group of ten GTWT participants on a day-long nature hike where they captured images of the San Gabriel Mountains. Las Fotos Project Director Eric Ibarra instructed the girls in the use of film cameras, as well as a technique called double exposure, where two exposures are superimposed on the same image. The young photographers took photos of their own community of Boyle Heights, in an effort to draw connections between city life and nearby natural habitats. They also participated in two days of writing workshops where they wrote poetry based on their favorite images from their film roll.

On August 23rd, Lizbeth organized an exhibit titled "Nature: Double Exposed- San Gabriel Mountains Meets Boyle Heights" featuring the best photos taken by each participant. The young photographers were on site to explain the double exposure technique that they used, and to share what it meant to them to have the opportunity to explore nature and to learn how to use film cameras.

Thank you to all who attended, donated, and volunteered! You made it a great success! Photography prints will soon be available on our website for purchase, and a forthcoming book will be printed in limited quantities.