Over at Shine Photo we run a high school model program. All of our participants are exceptional local students who are community leaders, volunteers and I believe, destined for greatness in whatever field they choose. Models participate in promotional and personal photo shoots and represent the studio at community fund raising and charity events.
One of our participants, Madison Ranta is also a leader in the community. In July, 2014 she established the Thunder Bay People Project (TBPP,) which is a photography-based initiative that aims to showcase the diversity and creativity of the residents of Thunder Bay. Once TBPP participants have chosen their favourite question from a list of options that includes queries such as “What’s one piece of advice that you would give to a group of people?” and “What are you most thankful for?”, they write their own personal and uncensored response on a chalkboard. They are then photographed at a Thunder Bay location while holding the chalkboard that displays their personal quote.
The photographs are displayed on “The Thunder Bay People Project” Facebook page, which has amassed over 75 entries that reaches upwards of 1200 people each week. To date, the Project has photographed participants at Summer in the Parks, the Superior Youth Festival, Open Streets, Recovery Day, and Lakehead University. The TBPP is run by a dedicated group of high school volunteers, with photographs taken by Chelsea Wall. For more information on the project, or to participate, visit the Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.