Our Youth Volunteer Photography Program provides young people with the opportunity to assist with chronicling Luminato Festival, expressing their own Festival experiences through the art of pinhole and digital photography.
Our first workshop took place in early May and was led by Cher MacNeil, a Torontobased photographer specializing in pinhole photography. After a brief introduction on the art and history of pinhole photography, students created their own pinhole cameras out of simple cardboard boxes. Cher encouraged the students to experiment and maximize the creative potential of this low-tech method of capturing light, resulting in this series of beautiful timescapes. Thanks to our community outreach partner, Kia Canada, who donated a Kia Soul car for the day, participants got the chance to create a pinhole camera by blacking out the car’s windows, then poking a very small hole through the side window area from which light filtered. This allowed the image outside to be projected onto a screen of photo paper inside the car, creating a few of the images showcased here.
Under the guidance and mentorship of our “Festographer” Taku Kumabe, students learned important tips and techniques to use when documenting their Luminato Festival experience. Taku provided an overview of what students should look for – teaching them how to take photos most naturally, within the busy Festival environment. During guided photo walks in the Artscape Youngplace neighbourhood, students were encouraged to get creative with their images – experimenting with different angles and perspectives to capture the unique images exhibited here.