Diego Rivera Learning Complex, 12th grade
She’s Winter, but warm like fire. Seventeen years breathing in the heart of L.A. In my artwork I am capturing the paradox between anger and happiness. It is impossible to understand one without the other. To me, photography involves being able to create something out of nothing. And transform illusions into allusions.
Ramon C. Cortines/Grand Arts High School, 11th grade
I chose this picture because it’s a teenager getting lost. Teenagers have to wonder about what direction they should be going. One will never know in the moment what path is right until it’s done. During our teen years it's when we find ourselves, but in order to do that you need to be lost. When you become lost you try to fit in and sometimes it’s not the easiest. You want to be the kid who has the most in life.
“My Lens, My City”
The exhibition represents a culmination of work created over a three-session photography workshop led by Teaching Artist Jennifer Gutierrez Morgan, where Ambassadors explored various elements of Digital Photography using their cell phones. Through their photography, Ambassadors are raising awareness around social justice and articulating their own identities. In this process they worked to reveal greater questions of place and identity in this city.