Bridging Two Worlds: Portraits of American Indian Youth

Futures for Children is sponsoring a special photo exhibition by award winning photographer and author Kim Ashley, Bridging Two Worlds - Portraits of American Indian Youth. Opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. and this exhibition will continue until March 31, 2012 at The Artistic Image located at 312 Adams St, SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This exhibition is open to the public.

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I admired the way they bridged two worlds—the traditional and the modern—respecting tribal culture on the one hand while also adapting to mainstream innovations in selective and, sometimes, humorous ways.”
said Kim Ashley.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) January 06, 2012

Futures for Children is sponsoring a special photo exhibition by award winning photographer and author Kim Ashley, Bridging Two Worlds - Portraits of American Indian Youth. Opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. and this exhibition will continue until March 31, 2012 at The Artistic Image located at 312 Adams St, SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. This exhibition is open to the public.

Professional photographer, Kim Ashley, spent five summers on assignment for Futures for Children, an Albuquerque-based organization that serves Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Hopi, Navajo, Mescalero Apache, and Pueblo tribal communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Since its founding in 1968, Futures has provided mentoring, training, and educational services to more than 20,000 American Indian students and their families.

This photo assignment took Kim to 22 Indian villages throughout New Mexico and Arizona and gave him unprecedented access to Native children living on reservations. The result is a unique portfolio of fine art photographs of Native youth, the future leaders of their communities.

“All the photos were candid and improvisational,” said Kim. “Oftentimes, the weather was a major factor of the shoot, with 40 mile-per-hour winds, runaway tumbleweeds, and glaring sun. But the fun part was the sense of community and goodwill that was always present. Aunts, uncles, moms, dads, and grandparents often joined the shoot, carrying blankets, pottery, and water, and offering their support. Their many kindnesses made the shoots very special. I also enjoyed working with the children and young adults. I admired the way they bridged two worlds—the traditional and the modern—respecting tribal culture on the one hand while also adapting to mainstream innovations in selective and, sometimes, humorous ways.”

The Bridging Two Worlds exhibit (February 3 through March 31, 2012) includes over 70 images creatively presented in an audio-video production and displayed on a large-screen television. In addition, 25 portraits of American Indian youth are presented in traditional gallery frames as well as on canvas, giving the images a distinctive look and painterly quality.

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Richard Saunders, a sociologist and educator, the mission of Futures for Children is to enhance the quality of educational experiences for American Indian students through leadership training and mentoring. Today, 98% of the Indian children served by its Friendship Program graduate from high school while 54% go on to college. To learn more about Futures for Children, please visit http://www.futuresforchildren.org.

Kim Ashley is an award-winning photographer from Albuquerque. He served as a photojournalist in the US Army during the Vietnam era and recently retired after 20 years of teaching at the college level. He is the author of the photo and travel guidebook, Photographing Albuquerque, and he currently teaches six popular workshops on digital photography at The Artistic Image. For more information about Kim, please visit http://www.kimashleyphotos.com.

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