FHR begins Studio 35 PhotoVoice Program in Maine

Published 03/10/2012
Students from the University of Maine show FHR consumers and staff how to edit photos using Photoshop.

UMaine students participate in teaching FHR consumers the “ins” and “outs” of digital cameras

Bangor, ME – March 9, 2012 – Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR) is introducing a brand new program in Maine known as PhotoVoice. With the help of four University of Maine art students, this program is part of FHR’s creative recovery model, Studio 35. The first class was March 9, from 1-2 p.m. Classes will also be held on March 23 and April 6.

By sharing basic digital camera knowledge and techniques, the students show FHR participants how to voice their individual accomplishments, challenges, fears, and joys through photography. The four UMaine students provide digital cameras for the class.

After learning basic camera information, participants experiment with different techniques, including utilizing effects such as black and white and sepia tones. The students also show consumers how to angle lights to avoid unwanted glares.

“The best part of this program is that the consumers decide what it is that they would like to take a picture of and how they would like the photo to look,” says Day Program Coordinator Sherri Grant. “This way, it is the consumers’ voices that are being portrayed through the photograph.”

The UMaine students will demonstrate how to download photos onto their laptops. From there, the students edit the photos to best represent the consumers’ ideas. “If someone would like his or her picture to be lighter or darker, the students will transform the photo by using Photoshop to best fit the voice of the consumer,” explains Grant.

If weather permits, one class will feature capturing action shots out in the community. “By learning about digital cameras and how to take great photographs, consumers can channel their inner voice and portray their thoughts and feelings through the act of photography,” Grant says.

For more information about Studio 35 or FHR Maine’s PhotoVoice classes, please contact Sherri Grant or Darin Knapp at 207-947-9630.