OTL Blog

The source for photography tips, student news, and exciting updates from OTL.

Outside the Lens Welcomes Sarah Beckman as Its New Executive Director

Written by OTL Staff Editor on May 02 2023

Outside the Lens (OTL), one of San Diego’s most dynamic media arts education nonprofits for youth, announces the hiring of Sarah Beckman as its new Executive Director. Beckman most recently served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Forever Balboa Park as part of a two-plus-decade career in development and marketing leadership roles at local arts and cultural nonprofits. Read Post

What Covid-19 Teaches Us About Educational Inequity

Written by OTL Staff Editor on August 26 2020

“The world is continuously changing, and we need to educate young people on the truth of the past, the truth of today, the truth of people who look like them.” -Amari Dixon, Media Educator Read Post

Cameras Across Cultures with Lucy Eagleson

Written by Lucy Eagleson on December 03 2019

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Spotlight: Cameras in the Classroom with Amiel Capinpin

Written by Kevin Tung on December 02 2019

Working with Hoover High School students is a journey, but it is also a fulfilling one that I look forward to continuing. My hope is that, in helping Hoover High students share their stories, the work we do together can showcase to the community not only the power and importance of the youth perspective, but also the need to celebrate it. Read Post

OTL Community Spotlight: Laura Gambucci

Written by Caitlin Arocho on October 21 2019

Every year, Outside the Lens honors an individual who displays dedication to bettering the surrounding community through the relationships they build and the actions they undertake. This year, Outside the Lens chose Laura Gambucci - stylist, curator and entrepreneur - who has been with the organization since its conception. Read Post

Program Spotlight: FOTO TJ

Written by Caitlin Arocho on August 12 2019

“In talking with Rigo Reyes, he introduced me to this concept of Tijuana and San Diego as being a region… a region where there are more commonalities rather than differences.” Read Post

Through My Lens: Clarence Ford

Written by Kevin Tung on April 11 2019

It’s an empowering feeling to go into the jails and talk to the men and women about my experience. It’s also therapeutic for me. Read Post

Through My Lens: Shalita Williams

Written by Kevin Tung on April 04 2019

Many people in society look at people who have been to jail as criminals, and as nothing. This film showed how individuals are only a product of their environment, and if they had access to resources and quality education they most likely would never have been incarcerated. Read Post

Through My Lens: Skylar Economy

Written by Kevin Tung on April 01 2019

To me, documentary is the purest form of humanity and life that film can capture - so I want to explore how one can use the tropes of documentary in scripted film. I would want to direct/produce culturally and socially relevant + important films (which can be rare in Hollywood), casting all non-actors local to the region the film takes place. Read Post

Through My Lens: Sienna DiMuro

Written by Kevin Tung on January 14 2019

I truly believe that scars are our most beautiful battle wounds. When I was walking through that room, and making eye contact with the guests, I was sharing things I had never said out loud before. I took over the entire room, and saw within myself this amazing power. In that moment I was finally able to own my story, which I never thought I could do. Read Post

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