Atlanta, or also known as HOTLanta, is where I spent a week photographing kids and students in six apartment complex’s. This is my second year riding through a big city but reaching the small corners that very few people pay attention to…but somebody did.
The Student Ministry at my church, First Lavaca, led a backyard atmosphere of crafts, bubbles, soccer, Bible stories. Oh, and more bubbles! But a majority of the time was spent building relationships with kids. For some apartment complex’s, this was something new to experience, for a few of them have never had a group ( or anybody ) show up one day to play with their kids. Some parents participated as well, and we were able to build relationships with them also.
The pictures below were taken on the first day of our trip. I took pictures as well as video, switching between two different camera’s with two different lenses. Most of these pictures were taken with a 50mm, or an 18mm wide angle lens. And at times to get a more wider shot, I switched from video mode to camera mode on one of my camera bodies. It was a lot of work! And before you knew it, was already time to pack up and go to another location. This day proved to be one of my most challenging experiences, and at times I was overwhelmed. One of those things being my contact lens’s were bothering me to the point that I had to switch to glasses which made photographing in the Atlanta heat more challenging and not as quick on my feet as I’d like to be. But it was conquered.
These are not all the pictures I took on the first day, but the one’s I chose for this blog to tell the story in my way. This trip was good practice for putting my photojournalism skills to use.
Kids doing a craft. Grace was telling a story about David & Goliath. One of the best things you can do is build relationships. First by being on their level and spending time with people, including young kids. A large portion this day I took in mind Portrait mode. I thought only Portraits with my 50mm lens. I kept this one cause I thought it was funny. Caption this. We gave out cross capes made out of t-shirts to the kids.
The back view of one of the apartment complex’s. This was one of the locations that had never had a group come visit before. Over the hour’s time, more kids began to show up and play soccer. And at the end of the day, the kids asked if everyone would be coming back. It was a good feeling to tell them, “Yes, we will be back tomorrow.”
Atlanta: Part 2 will be posted at a later date. 🙂