Rodolfo Diaz



Backward



It’s been several months since I worked on a specified project. This Summer has been the start to something i’m creating out in Jamaica, Queens.
For the past five weeks I have been giving lectures/teaching photography for a non-profit in Brooklyn, called Young New Yorkers. These are some images I managed to quickly create during an exercise I was doing w/ my students outside of the Brownsville Youth Court.
What is YNY? Young New Yorkers is a restorative justice, arts program for 16- and 17-year-olds who have open criminal cases. The criminal court gives eligible defendants the option to participate in Young New Yorkers rather than do jail time, community service and have a lifelong criminal record. The curriculum is uniquely tailored to develop the emotional and behavioral skills of the young participants while facilitating responsible and creative self-expression. Central to the curriculum is the concept of taking responsibility for past actions as a necessary step before becoming valued members and even leaders of one’s community. Each workshop is framed by a relevant theme: community; choice; accountability; responsibility; contribution; leadership. These themes are explored, as they relate to each participant, in conversation with the group and through art exercises utilizing photography, video, illustration, and design.
For the past five weeks I have been giving lectures/teaching photography for a non-profit in Brooklyn, called Young New Yorkers. These are some images I managed to quickly create during an exercise I was doing w/ my students outside of the Brownsville Youth Court.
What is YNY? Young New Yorkers is a restorative justice, arts program for 16- and 17-year-olds who have open criminal cases. The criminal court gives eligible defendants the option to participate in Young New Yorkers rather than do jail time, community service and have a lifelong criminal record. The curriculum is uniquely tailored to develop the emotional and behavioral skills of the young participants while facilitating responsible and creative self-expression. Central to the curriculum is the concept of taking responsibility for past actions as a necessary step before becoming valued members and even leaders of one’s community. Each workshop is framed by a relevant theme: community; choice; accountability; responsibility; contribution; leadership. These themes are explored, as they relate to each participant, in conversation with the group and through art exercises utilizing photography, video, illustration, and design.
Baltimore, 2014
Never been to a city, where strangers were openly interested in me making portraits of them, like that of the folk in Baltimore. These recent three posts, were taken last Saturday (04/12/14) in Baltimore, Maryland.
Last Saturday in Baltimore
Last Saturday in Baltimore