Welcome to our online photography course designed to promote mental health recovery. Over the years, arts have been used in this favor, and here, by taking photos and receiving feedback, we will be providing opportunities for self-expression, self-discovery and development of in-depth skills. So, let’s learn about photography, discover what we like to take photos of, let’s laugh, make mistakes, and enjoy the arts we create! And let’s show others how photography can be empowering!
Because photography is what I know best. And photography heals! It transformed me, helped me get over my fears, and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I found myself in the most unusual places on Earth, only to discover the strength within me, and I met some of the most beautiful people and places.
I like to think of photography as something with a big impact on life and our minds. We know our history through photos, life on Earth, the space, and even some modern medicine uses it. And let’s be honest, without photography, life wouldn’t be the same. We often underestimate it, but here we will use photography to show how it can be empowering!
How do I know it will work?
I am using a model from the Athens Photographic Project (APP), a project that for over a decade has successfully promoted mental health recovery through photography, where I mentored for two years. APP was the first and only photo program to be funded by National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), from where I hold a certificate and serve as board member.
As a mentor, I have seen the recovery of student-artists, and I’ve also seen the importance of speaking and promoting mental health recovery.
Speak With Photos is my start.
Why online classes?
Because there are talented people out there who prefer to stay at home, but would still go out and take photos! Also, some people may not be comfortable attending classes right away. In either case, if an artist chose to participate in an online class, they will still have a fun outside assignment. Also, if someone misses a regular in-class course, they can always catch up online and still receive feedback.
Our goal is to push ourselves and create even when we aren’t feeling the greatest. I say this not because it will always make us feel good, it won’t, but deep down, we will know that we are doing something productive, and eventually that will pay off. Trust me on this one. Some of the best photos I produced was when I didn’t feel good or when I felt angry!
Who can join?
The program is designed to serve those who want to use photography as a form of healing, free of charge! However, it is also open to anyone with an interest to photography. Contact us to see how we can work together!
Our in-class courses start January, 2017 (more info on the location coming up). We will meet twice a week. Online classes will also offer meetings/chats, and feedback from your mentor. Each week we will have an assignment. Our best photos will be on our blog, and whenever you have a favorite image, you can share with us how you photographed it and what it means to you or what you have learned.
So let’s see what we can create together. Look into our News section for upcoming events, exhibitions, and projects.
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This is me
I am so excited to meet you and start creating photography with you. I hold both, BA and MA in photojournalism, a minor in writing, and I am certified by NAMI.
I didn’t always want to be a photographer. I was studying geography when I told my advisor that I wanted to go around the world, explore and document what I see. I find it amusing, but this is exactly how my friends see me–the world traveler. Thanks to my advisor, I carried my camera, and through it, I found how much I love people, their stories, their beauty, eccentricity, and mostly, kindness.
Though it seems as if I travel all around, in reality, I am mainly based in the U.S. and Bosnia. My wish to use photography in a way to impact the lives of others, has always been a deep desire. I have thought about Speak With Photos for many years, then this idea further developed in my grad school from 2012-2014, when I was an assistant at the Athens Photographic Project, a program where photography is used to promote mental health.
Today, Speak With Photos is open to anyone who wishes to learn about photography, but it is designed for people who want to try photography as a way to heal and feel better. We only have one rule here: to take photos of what we love, and I will lead you to be the best you can be in making photos!
I welcome you with all my heart!
This will be another friend we have as we go along on our journey. She will overlook at our work, help us with our website, and will join us when we learn how to put photos on the wood for our exhibitions.
This is our friend Majda Turkic, who received her Master of Arts in Vienna, Austria, so I call her an expert in Visual and Media Competences, cultural policy and Intercultural education. But most importantly she’s an amazing person and intellectual who can contribute her feedback and ideas to benefit our own work. 🙂
Our First Exhibition
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sept. 17, 2017
Project Bosnia is open to everyone who wants to join. It starts August 2017, and will be in corporation with WKU. More info is coming up. But the rules for this are simple: you are free to photograph as you feel and see, but you must be in contact with me for a feedback. If you aren’t in Bosnia, no worries, you can still participate from wherever you are, just contact me for the details! Your photos WILL be included in our exhibitions!
Something to think about while we’re planning: what is Bosnia to me? Is it the people? The tradition? The landscape? The hand-made things? Is it the mountains? Show us how you see the world! We will be meeting weekly to discuss, critique and see what we came up with. I can’t wait! <3
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