In 2010 having long been interested in using photography for therapeutic, educational, and community development purposes I accepted the invitation of the Director of a mental health agency in Los Angeles to design and to continue to facilitate From Latent to Visible: A Photography and Writing Program for Adults Living With Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.
An earlier project at a school for children and adolescents all with conditions along the autism spectrum, designed and facilitated with a colleague, culminated in an exhibit, All About Me: Children Speak About Their Lives, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Given photography’s inherent characteristics its study and practice have proven to be especially therapeutic for participants in both these programs promoting psychological development and positive behavioral change while providing an expressive and meaningful voice for those who’ve not previously had an effective and reliable one.
I invite you to contact me to learn more about these programs, and to discuss the possibility of my assisting in the development of a project or program similar to these for your organization or school.
Examples of work produced in these programs follows. Please click on image to enlarge.