In an increasingly digital world, skills to convey ideas through visual images have become as necessary as conventional aptitudes for communicating with words.
Catching up with the technology tsunami is especially critical for young people to advance their intellectual and socio-political development.
That is the concept behind the new comprehensive course on photography to be offered by the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) starting on Saturday, September 23. The program will run for 12 weeks with class hours set for 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
Initially, enrollment will be limited to only eight students, ages 12 to 18. More students will be admitted once the program has a stable group of young photographers capable of sharing acquired knowledge with others.
The aim of the program is to guide young people in learning to effectively express their visions of current events and the world evolving around them through compelling images.
Guest teachers will include local photographers who will work with the students using Spanish instruction cards designed to explain the technical and esthetic fundamentals of photography and the essentials of handling cameras and smartphones.
With basic skills under their belts, students will then move on to individual exercises to develop photographic styles, allowing each to progress at his or her own speed and in areas of personal interest.
Cameras and other equipment donated by local photographers will be available to students who need them. They will be required to have a parent willing to take responsibility for the safety, proper use and prompt return of the camera that has been lent to them for the duration of their enrollment, and for seeing that the students regularly attend classes.