Hello blog readers! My name is Lou and I currently live in Norwich which is in England!
But this summer I’ll be jetting off to Camp Alleghany for Girls in the United States for the very first time. I’m incredibly excited to be the camp’s Head of Photography (one of the activity classes on offer to campers) and a camp counselor on Tent Row with the campers.
But it’s not my first time in the States. I’ve once been to New York with my college, giving me the glimpse of what America looks like from a tourist point of view. So you can imagine my excitement to be a part of something with a more insider, true cultural view at camp!
And I feel extremely grateful for this opportunity to teach and lead photography as it’s something I’m very passionate about — I can’t wait to get started!
My passion for photography, film, and television started around four years ago when I was able to learn those arts for the first time at college. Prior to that I was really interested in working in television. I’ve done many projects with photography, my favorite being a piece on capturing elderly people when they felt most visible and invisible.
I always portray my feelings through my work and photograph meaningful things which could emotionally connect with someone else. I like to capture this by using portrait photography, particularly when it’s very raw and realistic. I would absolutely love to pass on this approach to the campers at camp so they’re able to see and feel and understand the different kinds of power that photography can have to speak and tell stories.
I’m looking forward to teaching what I love everyday at camp and helping the girls develop new and existing skills to allow them to explore the world of photography further or for the first time.
There are so many elements of photography that get me excited to teach, such as capturing the beautiful landscapes that will surround us at and showing off what is so special about the Camp Alleghany culture in particular — the girls, events, campfires, everyday life, everything!.
An important thing I find when teaching the skills of photography is to make it fun, adventurous, and quite independent. What I mean by making it independent is that it will allow the girls to follow a subject or key objective that they are given, but not told what they need to capture — this will undoubtably lead to them finding themselves as photographers and see where their interests are, whether portraits, candid shots, storytelling, or journalism. Within my teaching and sessions I’ll nurture and guide the girls as they explore every aspect as much as possible so they’re able to discover what they love to do!
Everywhere Are Stories!
Around the camp there will be many chances to push the girls and myself to the limit within our photography and we’ll be lucky enough to have the other campers, counselors, and directors just doing what they do to capture candid and action shots around camp. Quietly and consistently we’ll witness strong bonds and relationships between friends, stories unfolding everywhere, and things like acting or scenes at special camp events. We can very naturally capture a story being told by being observant, patient, and openminded.
We’ll explore landscapes and portraits, and we’ll find images to capture that are both hilarious and of a more professional, buttoned-up bent. Campers can indulge in (and take away and remember) all of that from taking Photography during the summer of 2017 at Camp Alleghany. And more importantly, I hope they’ll go away with a passion to continue photography and pass on the skills they’ve learned to friends and family, just like I’ll be doing this year at camp!
I can’t wait for the day that I can tell my family and friends all about the amazing memories that have been shared at Alleghany this summer. I know this experience will be truly unforgettable for me and I plan to make it that way for my Photography students as well!
As soon as I arrive at camp I know I’ll be welcomed positively and it will most probably feel like I’ve been there for seven summers already. So with all that being said – BRING ON CAMP 2017!
Thank you for reading and I hope you share the same enthusiasm and excitement that I do! And if you take pictures at camp during drop-off or pick-up, or at one of the camp events, and you share it — why not use the hashtag #GhanyPhotos2017 on social media so we can all see and enjoy them!
— Lou Allin, 2017 Counselor and Head of Photography, Camp Alleghany for Girls