by Oliver Mahoro, Youth Media Festival Committee Member and High School Intern
In our class at the Wide Angle Youth Media, we have been working on organizing and planning the 8th Annual Wide Angle Youth Media Festival that we will be hosting this spring. The festival will showcase not only the things that we have been doing in our class, but also the work of other Baltimore City Students. One of the best projects that we’ve been working on is taking self portraits. I find the self portraits that we have been working on to be very interesting because we get to design our own backdrops and we do everything ourselves.
These self portraits that we took are very important because they challenge the stereotypes we wanted to challenge, and they helped us get to know each other better by hearing one another’s stories. In short, everything that we have done so far has impressed me a lot it’s been a blessing working with the people I work with. What impressed me the most though was that we put our faith and trust in our fellow classmates to take our portraits.
I think the most challenging part for me was making and coming up with a backdrop that fit the portrait or the idea. But with the help I received from Carey (Youth Media Festival Coordinator), I was able to make it a success. As a group I think that our biggest challenge was working together but in the end we overcame that and now we are good friends.
The main aim or reason of these portraits was to challenge one stereotype that the youth of baltimore face. Based on the results of the feedback that we received from the people that we showed the picture to, I would say that these stereotypes are wrong. We set out to disprove them and we did just that.
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Oliver Mahoro currently lives in Baltimore City but is originally from Rwanda. Oliver is a junior at the Academy for College and Career Exploration. He likes to do a lot of things, but the things he enjoys the most are playing with his younger brother, playing guitar, and singing with his family. His interests are playing sports, reading books on healthy living, and also learning about animals. At Wide Angle Youth Media, he is a member of the Youth Media Festival Committee. Where he and his classmates plan for the annual festival. Apart from class, he is also an intern at Wide Angle Youth Media. He is a very active person, so he takes part in many extracurricular activities. He is a part of his school’s athletics team and plans on playing soccer once the season starts. When he is older, he would like to become an engineer – he loves math and science, but would like to become a part-time photographer too.
The Wide Angle Youth Media Festival gives voice to Baltimore City’s youth and provides a forum to showcase creativity and perspectives at a variety of venues throughout Baltimore City. Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a local gallery and participate in a traveling exhibition that will be on view throughout Baltimore City.