"This volunteer project, the brainchild of Atlanta Celebrates Photography board member Bill Boling and director Amy Miller, was a team effort. Photographer Corinne Adams and a cadre of peers — Judy Lampert, Mary Fisher, Julia Sawyer, Laura Noel, Indy Cesare (the lone speech therapist) — worked at Scottish Rite and Egleston hospitals, aided by the hospitals’ devoted Child Life Activity specialists. They set up mini-photo studios with equipment donated to both hospitals by the Atlanta law firm, Morris, Manning & Martin, purchased at cost courtesy of Showcase Photo and Video.
Adams and her team began by discussing the concept of portraiture with the teens. What you can know about a person from a portrait? How you can say something about yourself? Does it have to be a face? Why not your little finger? Then they helped the teens generate their own compositions and take each other’s pictures.
Adams is awed by their creativity and character. “I wasn’t expecting profundity,” she says. “I leave every session with my heart pounding in my chest. This is what photography’s all about.”