Archive for March, 2013

Youth Media Festival


Visual Art | Performance | Photography | Video

The festival is a premiere regional youth festival that will take place on Saturday May 11th 2013 in Silver Spring, Maryland at the Silver Spring Civic Building (One Veterans Place) and includes special screenings, workshops, and entertainment. A 4-hour film competition will also be hosted that day.

Contest information & submission

‘My Hometown’: Teenagers Document America

What does America look like to young people today?

Well, just as the Farm Security Administration unleashed a team of photographers to chronicle the United States in the 1930s, Lens is beginning a new interactive project called “My Hometown.”

In the coming months, we are asking high school students to help create a 21st century portrait of America, turning their cameras on their neighborhoods, families, friends and schools. We are hoping the project will allow young people from bustling cities, Rust Belt towns and rural outposts to capture their communities in all their complexities — from portraits and fleeting moments to sweeping landscapes and quiet insights.

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Recovered Suitcases From an Insane Asylum

Willard Suitcases. Jon Crispin.

Photographer Jon Crispin first laid eyes on the Willard Asylum for the Insane in the early 1980s.

A friend who was a preservationist asked Crispin if he had ever seen the abandoned building during a drive back from a wedding by Seneca Lake in New York.

Crispin remembers clearly the moment they drove up to the 1860s building.

“It was the most evocative thing I had ever seen,” Crispin recalled. “It was sitting high above Seneca Lake on a circular driveway and it was abandoned. All my life, even as a young kid I was always interested in getting into old buildings that were boarded up, or entering places where I shouldn’t have been, and I decided I wanted to photograph it.” Eventually, this interest led to Crispin being awarded a grant from tThe New York State Council on the Arts to spend a couple of years documenting some of the 19th-century New York State Insane Asylums.

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