Spotlight on Amy Postle RTP Volunteer Photographer
“The joy I am receiving by helping these girls is so unique. I see students connecting to each other and to the world through their cameras” – Amy Postle
After spending the past year admiring the work of Rehabilitation Through Photography, I am very proud to now be one of RTP’s active volunteer photographers! I am currently teaching photography to a group of 10 emotionally challenged teenage girls, at the Marilyn David IVDU School, in Brooklyn. My class not only helps to teach the girls the basics of photography, but is aimed at enhancing life skills, while encouraging them to express themselves creatively.
So far, our two classes have been exciting, full of energy, and the girls are clearly intrigued by the opportunity. The highlight of my first class was a breakthrough I had with one of the students, Tahilla. Having been warned of her intense shyness, it was an overwhelming feeling to have her engage, ask questions, and be very focused. Watching her explore the room with her camera was equally exciting. She was drawn to shapes, color, and she, who had never even held a camera before, by far captured the most creative images of the day.
On day two, I was welcomed like an old friend. The students, who are known to be quite a rowdy group, complimented me with quiet, focused attention. They even raised their hands to ask questions, and in turn, answered my questions as well. The feeling was nearly celebratory when the shooting assignments began. I gave them each a red ball, asking them to take at least 5 different photos of it, in interesting ways, around the school. On this day, Este was my highlight… she had missed my first class, and I had been told to expect her personality to be closed off, intense, and that she would be resistant to change and class participation. When our shooting project began, I was surprised that she asked me to walk with her. I followed her around the school, where she photographed the red ball in front of everything red she could find. She explored angles, used reflective surfaces, and her photos were graphic and unique. She smiled the
entire time. What a great day 2.
While I love my commercial work, the joy I am receiving by helping these girls is so unique. In my class, I see students connecting to each other and to the world through their cameras. The creative process is helping them find their voice, and I already see positive changes occurring in them as a result.Rehabilitation Through Photography’s programs are helping to create positive change in this world through the healing power of art. It is my honor to be a part of my student’s lives and I am grateful to RTP for this opportunity!