Written by OTL Staff Editor on December 07 2017

Through My Lens: Anthony

Anthony is a photography student and class assistant with Outside the Lens’ Cameras in Communities program at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center for adults with developmental disabilities. After completing his third semester with Outside the Lens, Anthony spoke about his experience at our annual Shutter and Stout Gala.

In his speech Anthony mentioned the impact that OTL has had on himself and his fellow classmates, saying, “My friends and I have learned so much in our class, and we look forward to coming every single Monday. Photos help me see the world in a new way.” As he finished his speech, Anthony touched on the power of storytelling by saying, “Photos let me create stories that are important to me. Anything is possible with photos…”

Here, Anthony share one of his favorite photos, taken of the Museum of Man on a photography field trip with Outside the Lens to Balboa Park.

What caught your eye when taking this image?

I thought I had a great view of the Museum. It wasn't blocked by anything. To me, it was the perfect picture to take. It was breathtaking.

What was the story behind how you captured it?

I put my camera up to take the photo and I zoomed in to avoid getting people in it.

What does this image mean to you?

To me it reminds me of all the times when I went to Balboa Park. It brings back memories of when I used to go there. It feels like it was meant to be.

What do you want your audience to feel or understand when they look at your work?

I would want people to think of a legendary, timeless photo, that is a view of the past, present, and future. I want them to feel like it is home.

What does it feel like to show you work to others?

I feel like it helps other people think that I can be a better person and shows that I have great opportunities for the future.

How has working with Outside the Lens impacted you?

It has made me into a better photographer. Outside the Lens helped me know that through pictures you can see through your soul and your heart.

How does the world look to you when you look through the viewfinder?

With your own eyes you don’t have a focus, you see the world through a wide screen. With a camera you can see the little details that you couldn't normally see. You don’t miss anything when you use a camera.

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