A Gallery of Stories
“This photography workshop with Cath made me feel loved. Like I mattered and everyone else cares.”
- Zah’mara age 12
Each year our Aperture Of Hope creative photography outlets gives a camera to a kid as a gift to pursue their storytelling and share their voice. In 2019 the talented young aspiring photographer Zah’mara was the recipient of a digital camera!
Being such a brave soul in sharing her personal story through her photography was a part of her healing and HOPE for others.
When Zah’mara and I first met I had asked her think of a life experience she would like to share with others. Then find a quiet space to process her thoughts and write a list of images to capture that reflect her story. Our next creative outlet together she expressed to me that she would like to share the story of her mom who recently passed. She asked to visit the hospital room where she would frequently visit her mom. The day of our scheduled photography adventure at the hospital Zah’mara had brought along the blanket she would wrap around her mother’s feet and a pair of moccasins that were a part of her family traditions. She also captured the beauty of nature that reflects her mother's soul. As you can imagine this was a very moving moment for Zah’mara. Her hope for healing by sharing her story through images is a beautiful gift she has offered from her heart. Please reflect on her images that show the beautiful light of her mother!
Photos by Zah'mara age 12