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by Caroline Wood, Expressive Arts Intern

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of working with the kids at CAC, Northwest Passage’s assessment center. Their ages range from 6-17, and they stay for a month in a residential assessment setting. As one of the Expressive Arts Interns, I go on photography expeditions with the kids twice a week and help them edit their photos. It’s been wonderful to get to know them as artists and people, and to see the ways that photography can impact their lives. In this post, I’m going to share some photos by the younger kids. I’m so inspired by their enthusiasm and originality.


This photo is by Christian. I can tell he loves taking photos–he is always seeking out interesting things hidden under tree branches or behind bushes, and he captures things with such a unique perspective.


Ernie found a green tomato in the garden and took a wonderful picture of it. When we were going through his photos, he said that he loved this photo but he wished that the tomato could be red…so I taught him how to use Photoshop to create a red tomato. He loved being able to edit the color of a specific part of the photo, and he was so proud of his “red” tomato.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photo is by Hunter. While we were exploring the Gandy Dancer Trail the other day, he found a cave next to the trail and snapped some photos of it. He was so excited about this photo, and loved telling me about his “bear cave” and “pond” that he found.

leafThis photo is by Joshua, who has a good eye and a vivid imagination. While we were editing this one, he wanted it to be really dark–he said that the raindrops looked like stars. I love how he can find something interesting in something so ordinary as a leaf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photo is by Keyanna, who has a lot of enthusiasm. She loves making things, whether it’s photographs or drawings or origami. Instead of pointing her camera at the ground and capturing flowers and leaves, she chose instead to point it at the sky. She loved this photo most of all. I admire her originality and I love the ambiguity of this photo.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photo is by Molly, who has a knack for capturing the interesting things that often go unnoticed. She’s always looking at things from different perspectives and getting unique photos.


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