"My experiences with the camera these last few days were exciting because I didn’t know how to use the camera. When I took the pictures I felt pleased with my results because not only can I see things in another perspective, but I can also look beyond point of view. Photography helps me with my grief of losing my older brother. I miss him."
"Cath's photo workshop made me realize a talent I never thought I had. It made me feel better about myself for the first time in a long time. I made three new friends."
James Garland - LPS Mental Health Therapist
“I support photography workshops offered by Catherine Adams, as a way to work with children and adolescents who may be struggling with mental health issues. This program offers students a tool and hobby that can help improve their current mental health symptoms, and improve their quality of life.I have known and worked with Catherine over the last two years through my role as the mental health therapist at Glenwood Springs High School. When Catherine first began the program, she reached out to me inquiring if there were any students I felt who could benefit from this program. She was able to work with several students, who did not know one another prior, but ended up becoming close friends and creating a strong sense of belonging for each of them. I believe this is a valuable and worthy program to offer our children and teens as an outlet to disconnect from their phones and social media, an opportunity to create new friendships, and another tool to have in the “inbox” for managing their mental health.”
“Pathfinders and Aperture of Hope collaborate by providing children and adults with creative and meaningful ways to express their grief in the outdoors. Cath takes them into the mountains or valley with either a pinhole and/or digital camera and they begin to see nature in a new way. In this process what we have witnessed is their ability to not only connect to nature but also connect to their grief, deep inner feelings and to express it without words, but rather in the way nature shows itself to them. Grief, especially in a child can be tough to unravel and find an avenue of expression, so this creative way to find meaning in our beautiful valley is especially important. In a world of cell phones and video games, getting someone who is hurting and locked up to find a new way to appreciate where we live and to allow this environment to help unravel some of their inner feelings is a true gift”
"While we often lament about modern technology's process of separating our children from the natural world, Cath's brilliance in channeling the inherent interest in the mechanics of the traditional cameras (digital and film) and even jumping back to the roots of photography with the exploration of the pin-hole cameras into a positive and productive way to engage with local ecology. Her work also provides young adults with positive, creative activity in the outdoor world (nature photography) as an alternative to other less-healthy activity choices."
- Arin Trook