Photography workshop


If I could see with your eyes, what would I see? What if one visual could tell me your story, what would it be? The ocean, a leaf, people smiling, hands, eyes, your dog, the night sky? I would like to challenge youth participating in our 8-week visual storytelling  mentorship to learn to use visual storytelling as a language that allows the viewer to see beyond the mundane, the obvious, without judgement or prejudice.

I AM WHAT I SEE / I SEE WHAT I AM is a question/statement that allows the photographer and the viewer to start a conversation about the  world we see and how it shapes us. What if we stopped and asked ourselves – what am I seeing? How is it making me feel? What visual would I choose to tell the world my story, my values, my uniqueness, my way of fitting in, or rebelling against something.  It almost feels impossible to choose one image to tell our story, but have we ever  really tried to tell that story?

Our 8-week mentorship program will culminate with a visual exhibition of student’s work during the TEDxYouth@Seattle “It’s Time” event on Saturday, May 4th.

Instructor: Mary Gomez Camba, Photographer, TEDx Speaker, Visual Storyteller, founder of The Think Visual Project.

Ages 13-23

Sunday class in North Green Lake starting at 10am to 12pm. Location: The Think Visual Project Studio, 8807 Midvale Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103 Location While most classes will be indoors, we will go on walks and field trips. Locations TBD

Materials : any camera ( DSLR ), smartphone, or video cameras are appropriate. A DSLR with interchangeable lenses and a 50MM lens are ideal.

Activities and procedures: we will discuss the history of photography, editing techniques, composition, lights, visual narrative, and choosing images for exhibition. Participants will have one to one access to instructor feedback as well as have hands-on experience with equipment and studio lighting

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About TEDX

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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The mission of our Youth edition of TEDxSeattle is to create events and gatherings that are self-sustaining and enrich our audience, our speakers, our volunteers and our partners.

In the spirit of TED’s Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDxYouth@Seattle is a unique gathering for the Greater Seattle community. The all-volunteer staff seeks to create events that are educational, inspiring, and motivational. Our first TEDxYouth event May 4th is a unique day long event of curated and coached talks, demonstrations, and performances showcasing inspirational work from all areas of our community.  


The goal over the course of the day is to provide a catalyst to empower those attending to envision and explore a new reality for themselves, their community, and possibly the world.

Terms and Tasks
Communications Team
-Social Media management, content creation.

-Copywriting – News writing

Marketing Team
-Promote visibility of TEDxYouth@Seattle brand, website and event.
-Work with communications team to bring visibility to TEDxYouth@Seattle content.
-Work closely with partnerships team and our sponsors.

Merch designer and manager
-Designs and manages products for sale during event including TEDxYouth@Seattle T-shirts, water bottles, etc.
-Works with marketing team and our sponsors to create products.

Speaker Team
-Design a process and choose speakers for the April 2019 event.
-Help to train speakers in public speaking, creating PowerPoint slides, and presentation skills.
-Work on one-on-one with speakers to be their point of contact and connection to the TEDxYouth team.
-Collaborate with other TEDxYouth@Seattle teams.
-Peer to peer Script writing coaches.
-Peer to Peer Speaker Coaches.
-Audition director.

Production Team
–Students will coordinate video, media, lighting, sound, music and theater production.
-Stage design.
-Post production video editing and communications for YouTube and website.

Logistics and Event Organizer
-Oversee the organization for day of event.
-Main point of contact for venue, coordinating receipt of all materials and supplies from donations and ensuring they are available to be brought to the venue date of event.
-Coordinate health and safety on day of event.
-Collaborate with all TEDxYouth@Seattle teams to ensure smooth production event.

Event Diversity Team
-Focuses on providing equitable access to the opportunities this event will bring to Seattle youth; audience outreach, curation of organizers and speakers/ performer.  -Support the development of our #Diversity, #Equity and #Inclusion Strategy.

Event Sustaintability Manager 
-Analyzes and offsets environmental impact of event.

Event Volunteer Coordinator
-Organizes and coordinates volunteer teams with unique tasks (guest registration and checking- in , ushers, etc)
-Onboards and is point of contact for a group of on-site event volunteers and works closely with Volunteer Management Team.

On site-day of volunteers
 -Volunteer onboarding, guest check in, venue set-up, clean up, team support, ushers, concierge, merchandise sales.

Event Volunteer Coordinator
-Organizes and coordinates volunteer teams with unique tasks (guest registration and checking- in , ushers, etc)
-Onboards and is point of contact for a group of on-site event volunteers and works closely with Volunteer Management Team.