Throughplay in Nature
ThroughPlay in Nature is a parent-education research program sponsored by the University of Utah and The Kendeda Fund that is designed to explore the role of nature play in healthy child and adult development.
My role in this project was to work with Dr. Kevin Rathunde and Dr. Russ Isabella on the creation of video content that would communicate key themes. In this video excerpt, Dr. Rathunde performs live music to accompany a short film about mono-no-aware, a Japanese term describing a state of awareness in which life's impermanence is experienced as beautiful, sad and moving. The video was partially shot by me on 16mm. For the other half, we reached out to Alan Watts' son, Mark Watts, who graciously gave us permission to use clips from "Buddhism: Man and Nature" and "Zen and Now," both produced by the Hartley Foundation.
ThroughPlay is a parent-education research program sponsored by the University of Utah and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and designed to explore the role of play in healthy child and adult development.
My role was to create video content that captured children in the learning / discovery process while they played alone or in groups. I filmed at several Montessori schools and found that it was not hard to document children who were ostensibly experiencing flow states. The experience of working on this project taught me a great deal about Montessori pedagogy, flow and the beauty of concentration. I am forever grateful to Kevin and Russ for including me as a collaborative team member on this project, which was a joy to work on!
k-12 Photography class at the Alianza Academy (February - June 2015)
I taught photography at the Alianza Academy in Salt Lake City with John Schaefer as part of the Children's Media Workshop.
Included below is a small selection of images taken by the kids.