Nature photography offers new light to troubled teens

Ben Thwaits, photographer and counselor takes young boys from Northwest Passage treatment center in the wild along with cameras, as part of an initiative named In a New Light. Recently, a Wisconsin based televiusion spoke to Ben for their Wisconsin Life series to learn more regarding helping teenagers gain confidence via art.
Since he was sixteen years old, Thwaits has developed a love for nature photography. For 2 long years, he worked as a pro photographer before he started teaching at risk kids at a residential treatment place in north Wisconsin named Northwest Passage.
Encircles by pristine lakes, the St. Croix River and dense forests, Ben started looking for paths to bring nature photography in his classroom. With a grant from National Parks Foundation, he purchased few digital cameras as well as other important software. Very soon, he was guiding students up rocky bluffs and into creek beds.
Ben told that within just 3 – 4 weeks, they actually realized that that they were onto something very special, because these children started investing into their photography on a level that is way beyond anything he has ever seen on any school program. In fact, the kids started to take real magnificent snaps.
One of the students told that it is a way to express herself without actually talking to people, because she does not like to talk to people at times.
In the In a New Light program, students have visited national parks across the country to take snaps, and their photogrsaphic works have been shown across the Midland.

Ben Thwaits, photographer and counselor takes young boys from Northwest Passage treatment center in the wild along with cameras, as part of an initiative named In a New Light. Recently, a Wisconsin based televiusion spoke to Ben for their Wisconsin Life series to learn more regarding helping teenagers gain confidence via art.

Since he was sixteen years old, Thwaits has developed a love for nature photography. For 2 long years, he worked as a pro photographer before he started teaching at risk kids at a residential treatment place in north Wisconsin named Northwest Passage.

Encircles by pristine lakes, the St. Croix River and dense forests, Ben started looking for paths to bring nature photography in his classroom. With a grant from National Parks Foundation, he purchased few digital cameras as well as other important software. Very soon, he was guiding students up rocky bluffs and into creek beds.

Ben told that within just 3 – 4 weeks, they actually realized that that they were onto something very special, because these children started investing into their photography on a level that is way beyond anything he has ever seen on any school program. In fact, the kids started to take real magnificent snaps.

One of the students told that it is a way to express herself without actually talking to people, because she does not like to talk to people at times.

In the In a New Light program, students have visited national parks across the country to take snaps, and their photogrsaphic works have been shown across the Midland.

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