Veterans Learn Digital Photography Fundamentals with Wounded Warrior Project
LONDON, Ohio, January 2, 2018
Before digital photography, people had to wait forever for their photos to come back from the lab, if they came back at all. But injured veterans recently learned how to be the artist, editor, photo lab, and publisher, as they discovered the liberating creativity of digital photography.
Wounded Warrior Project and the Thomas Media Group recently hosted a two-day program, empowering warriors to understand the advantages of digital photography and feel the power of connecting with art to help cope with the physical and mental wounds of war.
“During our second day of Project Snap class, we walked around downtown and took photos, applying what we learned about camera functions, lighting, and composing,” said Angela Ross, wife of Army veteran Albert Ross. “I love taking photos, and now I have the knowledge to hone my skills.”
“Our instructor gave us each a word and asked us to take photos to show our visual interpretation of the word,” said Army veteran Stacey Wells. “My word was freedom.”
A highlight of Project Snap for Marine Corps veteran Lindsay Linkes was connecting with other veterans. “It was interesting to see how each person viewed the outside world — capturing little moments in time through photography to tell a story. The class definitely helped me become a better photographer.” Lindsay plans on using her new skills to document work projects for the custom hotrod and motorcycle business she and her husband own.
WWP program events like this give wounded warriors an opportunity to experience firsthand what is possible at social gatherings that get them out of the house and connect them with fellow service members and their communities.
“Wounded Warrior Project gives veterans the tools and resources they need to re-enter the civilian world,” Lindsay said. “We have opportunities to engage with other veterans who share similar interests, but come from different branches of the military and all different walks of life.”
To learn and see more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org, and click on multimedia.