Community Spotlight: Las Fotos Project

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by Veronica Lemos

Image courtesy of Las Fotos Project.

Image courtesy of Las Fotos Project.

In a world that is driven by technology, non-profit foundation Las Fotos Project is helping empower young and aspiring photographers by providing them with the tools they need to succeed.  By having the girls attend seminars, day trips as well as one on one mentoring, this organization is helping put the creativity and art form back into photography. The girls who enter the program are all students between ages 12-17, live within highly Latino populated community and are from middle to low income families. With an emphasis on valuing “Individuality, Optimism, Creativity, Persistence and Learning” Las Fotos helps students channel their creative potential along with positively influencing the students’ self-esteem.

 

Ultimate U Women's Conference hosted by Amigas4MySoul.

Ultimate U Women’s Conference hosted by Amigas4MySoul.

 

Their latest outing to Amigas4MySoul Ultimate U Women’s Conference is a prime example of this organizations ability to help build well-rounded and successful artists. The conference helped the girls feel empowered and become more in touch with their over all sense of self.  Las Fotos also puts its young members in the presence of powerful and successful women such as photographer Angela Boatwright. By showing the girls early on that they too can succeed within an artistic setting Las Fotos is not only giving girls an outlet creatively, but also boosting there self-esteem as well. To find out more about Las Fotos Project and how you can get involved, check out there website http://lasfotosproject.org.

 

Las Fotos Project celebrated the culmination of its first summer camp. Twenty girls ages 11 through 18 from the Eastside of Los Angeles documented their lives and presented photographs and works of art that they created during the summer. They turned an alley into a public art gallery in Boyle Heights. Photo courtesy of Las Fotos Project. Photos by Alexandra Chavez.

Las Fotos Project celebrated the culmination of its first summer camp. Twenty girls ages 11 through 18 from the Eastside of Los Angeles documented their lives and presented photographs and works of art that they created during the summer. They turned an alley into a public art gallery in Boyle Heights. Photo courtesy of Las Fotos Project. Photos by Alexandra Chavez.

 

Veronica Lemos is a young communications major attending Woodbury University in Burbank California. A certified MUA and graduate from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Veronica has a diverse range of both talents and interests and works within the fashion Industry. She can be followed on Instagram @veronica_lilly and her work can be viewed at https://www.behance.net/VeronicaLemos