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Mander photography camp captures a colorful summer in Strawberry Mansion

by Melissa Romero on August 14, 2019

This summer marked the second annual My Park, My Neighborhood photography camp after last year’s inaugural year that encouraged local youth to learn digital photography and storytelling techniques with nature and exploring the history of the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.

From July to August, more than 20 campers at Mander Playground participated in the photography program led by Intisar Hamilton and William Ballou and spent four weeks exploring and capturing local landmarks such as Laurel Hill, the Discovery Center, Boathouse Row, Smith Playground, and Mander Playground. Each day the students focused on a different skill, from how to frame a shot to how to take a time lapse video to the basics of a good interview.

On the last day of camp at Mander on August 9, the students proudly saw their photography on display outside of the recreation center. Each student was also given a copy of their photograph in a frame to take home. Here’s snapshot of what the students captured this summer!

The “My Park, My Neighborhood” student exhibition showcases the photographs of participants at Mander Playground’s 2019 summer camp. The program was created by Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with the East Park Revitalization Alliance and Mander Playground.

The summer program offered participants a chance to learn digital photography and storytelling techniques while connecting with nature and exploring the history and culture of Fairmount Park through field trips, nature walks, and neighborhood tours.

Special thanks to ArtPlace America and the Strawberry Mansion Community Advisory Committee.