Mission: The In-Sight Photography Project offers students a creative voice and outlet, an opportunity to experience success, tools for self-awareness and self-worth, and encourages them to become actively engaged in their communities. In-Sight teaches photography to youth ages 11-18 throughout Southern Vermont, regardless of their ability to pay.
History: The In-Sight Photography Project was founded by Bill Ledger and John Willis when they were distracted by a large number of teenagers hanging around aimlessly in downtown Brattleboro and by the police who were moving them along for loitering. This scene was so distressing that they decided to teach a free course for these youths. Encouraged by an outpouring of community support, John and Bill built a darkroom and teaching facility. In-Sight now offers photography courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels for students ages 11 to 18, and has served over 2,500 youth.
“After looking back on all the negatives, contact sheets, and prints, one thing shows through in my pictures. Youthfulness. I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I clicked that shutter I was capturing the feeling of being young. I was capturing action, fun, playfulness, and most all LIFE.
Yeah, I have tons of pictures of nature and buildings, boring stuff and more boring stuff. Don’t get me wrong, trees are pretty and all, but I need some feeling in my photographs.
I chose these pictures because they all represent me, in one way or another. All those days spent sitting around in Harmony Parking Lot were not a waste. They were an experience. As are these pictures.”
– “A Harmony Rat”