Several boys are super selective about what they snap the shutter for, while others snap more. Many of them already have a natural aptitude for composition and really see things in balanced and interesting composition. The subject matter may be things that they see daily, but they are sharing it in a way I haven't seen before. Even just after today one of the boy's photos almost moved me to tears as I felt I was feeling a piece of him in these photos. Granted its a boy I already know extremely well, and its true that maybe he wasn't aware of the emotion that he was capturing in the frame, but still. I know that I want to teach these boys more about photography, but at the same time I want to be really careful not to touch their individual styles beyond the way that knowledge will shape it. I don't want knowledge to stifle their creativity.
Tomorrow I'm planning to have a meeting with the Dutch man who spends more than half the year in Progreso. We have a lot to talk about, and I'm nervous because I'm not sure I have my ideas as organized as he does. I'm sure it won't be as formal as it could be, but I'm looking forward to taking the time to really figure out how to make myself most useful and how to best take advantage of the time that I have here. I am going to write a list tomorrow of all the things I need to get done before I leave, and hopefully that will help me to make sure that it happens.
The following is a series of shots from one particular boy during the workshop this morning.