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September 10, 2008 > Hayward through our eyes

Hayward through our eyes

Submitted By Shawna Sherman

A group of Hayward area teens, who spent the summer exploring downtown Hayward through the lens of a camera, will share their work in a photography and writing exhibit at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda Friday, September 12.

The images that will be on display are the culmination of a 10-week summer project held at the Hayward Main Library and sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities' "How I See It: My Place" program.

The experience taught the youth to pay closer attention to the environment around them.

"Anything, even the smallest leaf can have significance," said Marisa Lomeli, 16. "Some people see leaves as nothing, but if you really take a look there's something there to interpret."

To facilitate the project, the library received five digital cameras, a photo printer, $1,000 and a curriculum from the Council. The Friends of the Hayward Public Library also contributed a grant toward exhibition costs.

During exploratory walks around a quarter mile radius of the library, the teens received instruction on photography techniques from members of the Photo Phantom photography club, and in one session, took a downtown historical tour with the Hayward Area Historical Society.

After each session of exploration, the teens downloaded photos and discussed writing techniques for describing their work.

"I enjoyed learning a new hobby and learning more about Hayward," said Alex Harmon, 15.

In the last five weeks of the project, the teens edited their photos, researched them, and designed their exhibit which is titled Hayward Through Our Eyes. For more information, visit or call (510) 293-8685.

Hayward Through Our Eyes

Friday, September 12 (reception)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hayward City Hall Rotunda
777 B Street, Hayward

The Exhibit
Sept 13 through Oct 4
Hayward Main Library
835 C Street, Hayward
(510) 293-8685

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