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 - Courtesy photo/Paul Dudley Suquamish PhotoVoice participants captured the world through a camera lens. Their work will be displayed at Clearwater Resort on Sunday.
— image credit: Courtesy photo/Paul Dudley Suquamish PhotoVoice participants captured the world through a camera lens. Their work will be displayed at Clearwater Resort on Sunday.

SUQUAMISH — On April 13, Kitsap County residents are invited to see the Suquamish community through the lens of a camera and eyes of a child.

The public viewing of the culmination of the Suquamish PhotoVoice 2008 project will be on display at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort from 5-7 p.m. Sunday as the exhibit’s grand opening before traveling throughout Kitsap County.

PhotoVoice, formed by Suquamish Elementary and the Youth/Seniors sub-committee of the Suquamish Citizens Advisory Council, is a four-part course teaching students how to use photography to capture their personal views of their community.

The group of 20 students, ages 10-18, will each display two photos and captions.

For 11-year-old Symon Hausmann, it’s all about emphasizing often overlooked details.

“When you look around and take pictures of things, you see them differently through the camera,” Hausmann said. From old cars and trucks sitting on the side of the road to the graveyard, “there are some things that just pop out at you,” he said.

The graveyard was a site that drew much acclaim by the students.

“It has the veteran side, the American flag and then there’s Chief Seattle’s grave, which is very big with the huge wooden posts,” Hausmann said.

“It’s pretty cool,” agreed 10-year-old Emma Elm, whose favorite photo is one she took in the cemetary.

“In Suquamish there’s a lot of older people. Some seem really grumpy but turn out to be really nice,” she said. “I like to take pictures of the old grave stones because I’d probably like to meet them but don’t get to because they have died.”

Through the class, the children took snaps of history in the making at the slab where the Suquamish Tribe’s community house will soon be built.

“I’ve seen a lot of pride come through about native culture in the photos,” said Pam Thresher, PhotoVoice program coordinator.

Thresher, who has lived in Suquamish for many years said she can identify with the students liking the small town feel; however, she said she was surprised about how comfortable the students are living in Suquamish.

“As an adult, I know it has its issues like crackhouses and drugs but that didn’t really come out,” she said. “There was very little negative. It was more a showing of what they like, what they want to see preserved, and what gives them pride.”

For those Kitsap residents planning on attending the exhibit, 14-year-old PhotoVoice student Zoe Weintraub advises to bring an open mind.

“I think it’s better people look at it in their own way,” she said.

“That way they have to use their imagination to see what the photographer was seeing.”

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