Intro Lesson– SeeingBefore today’s ride, we spent some time talking about different ways in which we see the world. Specifically, we talked about using photography to document those things that we see around us and that have an impact on us. We then pulled out our Rochester Bicycling maps and helped the kids identify the Boys and Girls Club as well as the planned route for the day.Word of the Day– photography; from the roots “photo-” meaning light, and “graph” meaning to write, thus writing with light.
As always, we started from the Club; we headed south along Genesee Street to the Genesee Valley Park. We then took the Genesee River Trail & then the Genesee Valley Greenway further south until we joined up with Scottsville Road. A short jaunt along Scottsville Road brought us to the Rochester Institute of Technology where we then met up with Oscar Palacio, an Assistant Professor at the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. Oscar then opened the doors to an exhibition of the photographic work of selected RIT students in the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences. Our kids then took 15-20 minutes to peruse the exhibit and choose their favorite photograph, followed by a discussion of their choices facilitated by Oscar. It was a fantastic way for the kids to gain exposure to art and to begin to think critically about it. We then plodded back to the club by way of the Lehigh Valley and Genesee River Trails.
As usual, the kids had a great time shooting photos with our digital cameras.
This trip was on June 18, 2011
Trip distance: 11.9 miles
Programming time: 5 hours
Participants: Shanna Dennis, James Dorsey, Bre’asia Gibson, Robert “Nick” Heard, Momoh Kamara, Keyon McClary, Jamal McCullough, Donzai Pulley, Johnathan Shellman, Malik Sturgis
Leaders: Eric Biondi, Shawn Brown, Cappy Collins, Danielle Flanagan, Peter Hungerford, John Kennedy, Marc Lavender, Emily Lynch