Everyday White Center

Recently the students in my photography classes at the Arts and Academics Academy in White Center, Washington launched a project called Everyday White Center on Instagram. This photojournalism project is modeled after Everyday Africa. Their mission is to:

The common media image of the African continent is one of extremes – but how can we identify the extremes without first establishing the norms? Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, is an attempt to re-direct that focus towards a more accurate understanding of what the majority of Africans experience on a day-to-day basis: normal life. As journalists who have lived and worked on the continent for years at a time, we find the extreme not nearly as prevalent as the familiar, the everyday.

You can check out more about Everyday Africa on their website too.

We felt that White Center, Washington — where our school is located and many of us live — has a similar image issue, without all the exotic animals and safari’s thrown in. So we’ve launched the project Everyday White Center on Instagram to show the outside world what it is like everyday to live in a part of town that is usually only featured during the first 10 minutes of the news.

You can check out more about what’s going on in my classes on my class website – Media Arts with Ms. G.