Youth photography exhibit to show beauty of Labrador, daily life

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Program assistant Mallory Harrigan captured a group photograph of teacher Heidi Atter, second from right, and some of the students.  (Mallory Harrigan/CBC - image credit)
Program assistant Mallory Harrigan captured a group photograph of teacher Heidi Atter, second from right, and some of the students. (Mallory Harrigan/CBC - image credit)

The COVID-19 pandemic may have posed some initial challenges for a youth art project in Labrador, but the students persevered and the work will be unveiled this weekend at a public exhibit in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The Labrador In Focus photography program was a 14-week course that set out to teach youth photography skills. CBC offered digital cameras for the winter semester to the seven participants, who are between 12 and 16.

Because of pandemic restrictions, six weeks of the program were held online. Sessions were then held at the Melville Public Library, and outdoors at the Birth Island Boardwalk.

Heidi Atter/CBC
Heidi Atter/CBC

Throughout it all, as the teacher, I've seen the teenagers show courage, talent and a willingness to learn and give it their all.

Images from the project will be on display from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. AT on Saturday at the Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre. All are welcome. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

There will also be a survey for attendees to complete to have their name entered into a draw for some CBC swag.

Submitted by Brittany Janes
Submitted by Brittany Janes

Caley-Anne MacDonald, one of the youth photographers, said she's excited for the food and to see her friends. And what is her fellow photographer Brittany Janes looking forward to? "Showing how much I've worked on the photos and how I've gotten better at it."

The Labrador In Focus photography program is looking at expanding to Nain and Cartwright for the summer. If you know a youth who may be interested, please have them or their parents contact CBC journalist Heidi Atter by email.

Submitted by Regan Edmunds
Submitted by Regan Edmunds

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