How’d you end up in charge of helping kids from an urban housing development learn to take photos?
The Montgomery Village Tenants Association was looking for something like a photography workshop for the kids for the summer. I was going to call and offer them some ideas, but I ended up volunteering by default. They wanted to limit it to 20 kids, and I said, ‘Do you have 20 cameras?’ and they said, ‘We have no cameras.’”
But you got some?
I’m a big networker, I sent an e-mail out saying I need you, your time, your money, or a camera. I got eight either donated or loaned. No volunteers, but I actually got some checks.
How’d you decide what to photograph?
They were all things we could go to for free, like the Farmer’s Market, Bloomsday. I wanted to go to the zoo but the zoo costs. We did an open house at Montgomery Village and Don Smith got the Sheriff’s department to bring a big, old helicopter... even I had never seen that. The kids thought it was the wildest thing in the world, and it was. They climbed all over the helicopter and I made them take some portraits.
How old were the kids in the workshop?
Did they catch on quickly?
Oh my gosh, I had eight different cameras and none of them were the same. Here I was, ‘Miss Tinah, Miss Tinah, Tinah, how do you work this thing?’ Kids are pretty smart when it comes to gadgets. I showed them where to push the button, gave them a few little directions and they ran with it. Most of the cameras were two-three years behind in technology, but it didn’t matter to the kids.
A single photo from the workshop, one per child, will run in each of the next six issues of Metro Pulse, in Knox Triage (see page 6).