Dancing – by Cody, 17
In June, 2013, Northwest Passage launched its newest photography project, Dooskaabi. Centered at our Hayward Group Home, Northwest Oasis, Dooskaabi aims to empower Native American youth to tell the story of the natural and culture landscape of their community, with a special focus on the Lac Courte Orielles Reservation. The project blends training in nature photography and photojournalism, and connects youth with leaders in their community. “Dooskaabi” is the Ojibwe translation of “open eyes.” We hope this small sample of photos opens your eyes, and know that there are many more to come. Enjoy!
Ordinary and Beautiful, by Jack, 17
“When I look at these leaves, it makes me wonder how something so simple and ordinary can be also be so beautiful. Maybe nothing is ordinary.”
A Simple Bug, by Aaron, 17
“A simple bug, no more than a basic form of life. Yet at the same time, keeps going on day and night.”
Beautiful Bug, by Jack, 17
“This bug is beautiful, even though it was as small as an ant. Nobody really notices something like this on a leaf. When you take the time to pay attention you can see the natural beauty in all things.”
“Eagle in Flight,” by Brent, 16
This is a beautiful sculpture at the LCO Ojibwe Veteran’s Memorial.
Run Away, by Cody, 17
“Run away from your problems. But when you look back they’ll still be in front of you. When you look forward they stay behind.”
Beautiful, by Timmy, 16
“When you look out over the lake, the sun looks very graceful.”
Youthful Flower, by Aaron, 17
“A youthful flower at its prime. Of course, like all life’s things, it will die, but the earth will remember it through the tunnels of time.”
Northwest Passage Prairieview (previously known as Northwest Passage III) teamed up with the Humane Society of Burnett County to take these gorgeous portrait photos of the animals awaiting adoption. The young photographers used this as an opportunity to learn truly top notch studio portraiture techniques to capture the personalities of their subjects. The photographs were used in marketing materials (posters, flyers, etc.) to help find these amazing pets new homes within our community.Ten percent of all proceeds from this exhibit will be donated back to the Humane Society of Burnett County to help them in continuing the amazing work that they do.
Rescue In a New Light is the newest exhibit to the In a New Light Gallery, located just south of Webster off of Highway 35.
Frigid air crystallizes and beds over the marshes and swamps around the St. Croix and Namekogan River Valley. Leaves scurry by like tumble weed with crisp Northern winds from Canada. The ice on Rooney Lake builds larger every morning stretching out from shore to shore. Canadian geese fly South over head in a well formed V-shape. A 10-point buck runs across the logging road in search of his soul mate before the winter flurries fly.
The young men at Northwest Passage Lakeshore (previously known as Northwest Passage II) bundle up for an exciting morning. Of course a photo adventure, but excitement settles in just as the first snow fall of the year blankets the ground. Everything looks different; the trees sit silently, the sun peaks from behind the clouds, and the animal tracks from that morning glisten off the fresh snow. The sense of adventure is in the air to make the next bend in search of the next beautiful photograph.
– Erik Thue, photography instructor at Northwest Passage Lakeshore
Beautiful, by Austin R.
Good Memories, by Michael
My name is Michael. I’m 15 and I live in Neopit, WI. In the past I did all kinds of drugs and alcohol. I always ran away from home and got in trouble. In the future I would like to play with my favorite band. I like photography because I like wilderness and it makes me happy.
I like this photo because it brings me good memories. When I was a kid I used to see water push on the rocks when my mom and I were at the bridge. My mom said she wouldn’t let me fall.
First Snow, by Michael C.
Frosty Namekagon, by Payton
What photography means to me is that I have found a new hobby that I never thought would be something I would enjoy. Now I do and I might take classes in school after I graduate from NWP2. It has been such an experience for me to go out in the woods, learn new things about photography and nature. It has been amazing to take great photos and come back to edit them professionally on the computer. To see all the photos I have taken and what I have learned in photography has been a great experience. When I leave NWP2 I get to take my photos home. This is what photography means to me at NWP2. –Payton
Always Smiling, by Jamahri
I feel that this fish is like my little brother
Loves his mother
One day this fish will end up in heaven
So will I, so we’ll be together
Hi, my name is Jamahri. I’m 15 years old and live in Chicago, IL. I love to swim. All my life I’ve struggled to go to school. One day I hope to become a chef. Photography, to me, is happiness.
Tree with Sun Flare, by Drake B.