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On this episode of TWiP… a special interview with Angela Bullock and Tyler Ginter of 100cameras.org.

Host: Frederick Van Johnson
Guests: Tyler Ginter, Angela Bullock

INTERVIEW

About 100cameras.org
100cameras believes that children should be both heard and defended. Photography is the vehicle that both carries their voice across borders and raises funds to better their communities. They use photography as a conduit for awareness and to support sustainable solutions to meet the children’s needs, such as education and healthcare. Engaging children in this creative endeavor not only allows them to see the value of their own perspective, but also gives others the opportunity to see life through the children’s eyes while providing outlets to act on their behalf.

Established in 2009, 100cameras is a non-profit registered in the state of Florida and awaits pending 501(c)(3) status. 100cameras is funded entirely through the generous donations of individuals, businesses and foundations.

100cameras.org in the Community
Angela walks through the first two projects with 100cameras in Sudan and New York City on how to enable children to use a camera and share their perspective with the world. The challenges of learning about the community, developing a training curriculum for staff & students, while ensuring the children & cameras are safe make each project site a unique experience. Through the curriculum the underlying goal is highlighting to the children that their story matters and supporting them as they document it.

100cameras.org in the Cloud
Tyler Ginter got involved with 100cameras after first hearing about the organization and discovering that long-time college friend, Angela Bullock, was one of the co-founders. Helping provide a creative outlet to children in disadvantaged situations and share their message with the global community was the spark of inspiration for Tyler to take a proactive role in the back-end services of the 100cameras web site. Using the existing site as a springboard the goal became to integrate various forms of social media under a central location. In this transition lowering the threshold to develop and maintain content became a top priority to connect photos from the children with the audience. Squarespace and Fotomoto jumped out as an integrated solution for sharing photos and taking print orders from customers on the web. In the future extending the scope of 100cameras to include video is a possibility although for now the primary focus is on building the organization through still images. The openness and scalability of Squarespace provides a solid foundation to support future ideas to grow the organization.

How the TWiP Community Can Get Involved

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100cameras.org – www.100cameras.org, www.twitter.com/100cameras, and www.facebook.com/100cameras.org

Frederick Van Johnson – www.frederickvan.com and www.twitter.com/frederickvan

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  • squeamish

    The iTunes feed is labeled at this weeks episode, but the audio is the one from last week.

  • marquee

    The 100 camera.org is such a good idea and I would have liked the show to have more content rather than leaning towards product placement for square space.
    Sorry fred didn’t mean offend you and your guests but I think content is everything and you can do better. 🙂

  • Sbmoot

    Guys, I love TWIP. And I hate what is motivating my first post to the forum. But seriously: the 100 Cameras project was treated superficially in the second part of the podcast, because the interview degenerated into a banal ad for squarespace. It wasn’t even done in a particularly clever way. I was interested in that project after the first interview – now, I have my doubts about it.

    I have looked into Squarespace.com because of the ads on TWIP, and I have nothing against advertising it through discussions between the hosts. But this big discussion about “the back end” became insulting to me as an audience member, and caused me to lose respect for TWIP, the 100 Cameras project, and Squarespace.

    As I said, I love TWIP. I discovered it a few weeks ago and have listened to every episode, almost, on my iPod as I travel to and from work (an hour each way). But had this happened earlier in my TWIP experience I would not have become the regular listener that I am. Marquee said it – you can do better.

    I’ll try to be more positive next time I post.

    • Sbmoot and Marquee, I am truly sorry that you felt insulted from my portion of the 100cameras episode. On behalf of the entire 100cameras team and TWIP I feel incredibly guilty if you believe my portion of the interview was nothing more than an advertisement for Squarespace.

      The only reason I brought up Squarespace was because I use it on a daily basis and it has truly helped our organization grow. I felt that teaching others about the challenges of building a website from scratch would be helpful to photographers since it is one of most important steps towards communicating your work with the rest of the world.

      With that said, I tried to make the subject matter apply to whatever service you choose to use as Squarespace is just one of the many options. Also, I just want to make it clear that neither 100cameras nor myself get any kickbacks or funding from Squarespace.

      I don’t want any of this to shadow the most important portion of the interview which is to help support these children. The entire 100cameras team volunteers their time and energy each and every day because we truly care about these kids and their ability to change the world through the power of photography.

      Thanks so much for listening to the episode and I really appreciate all your honest feedback and support to 100cameras! Hope you both have an excellent day 🙂

      • Sbmoot

        Hi Tyler,

        I’m glad you understood the point I was trying to make, and I’ll just take it as being one of those things. As I said, I think that the 100 cameras project is a great initiative, and in fact I have purchased one of the photos from Africa (it hasn’t arrived yet).

        Thanks very much for taking the time to reply. It was appreciated.

        Bruce

  • Nathan

    I like it. 100cameras.org 8×10 print is on my Christmas list!

    • Thanks Nathan! We truly appreciate your support 🙂 Have a great day!

      -Tyler
      100cameras.org

  • As an IT guy who works full time for a charity, I can vouch for how important it is and how hard the work is to identify the right tools for an important cause. I have done many testimonials over the years for the companies that we select as vendors. When you are passionate for a mission beyond just organizational or personal survival and prosperity, when you find a resource that supports that mission, you LOVE it.

    I love the IT work I do and I am committed to the charity mission I serve, but photography is my personal passion. When I heard about 100cameras.org, I was super impressed – I love being able to combine IT, helping people and photography and I do to some extent with my work. But clearly, 100cameras.org is an exceptionally creative and important solution to complex problems of the vicious social cycle which results from being born into poverty or disadvantage.

    I applaud Tyler and Angela Bullock for the important work they are doing. And I don’t fault Tyler for a second for his passion for the cause and his joy in finding and sharing a tool that so suitably represents a solution to the mission he serves.

    Bravo!!

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