Lens For Life

Scholarship Entrant: Jacob from New York, New York
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jacob: 1

Passion defines the future. It is the key to a successful career and lasting happiness, yet far too often people refute it or stray from it. They seek riches and status rather than fulfillment. My passion is photography, or as I like to call it, painting with light. Though many have made a career of the hobby, technology has made the art form overly accessible, flooding the market with photographers. This influx makes photography an almost impossible career path. If granted the opportunity to earn a living from it I would photograph the malnutrition and desolation in St. Louis, Senegal, donating a portion of my profits to organizations such as CIFAL’s Scottish branch, which is working toward bettering the city’s youth.
Droughts have consumed Senegal, making life even harder for its populace, denying them the ability to pursue their passions. By photographing the horrors faced by the residents of St. Louis I would be able to illuminate their struggles to an international audience through exhibitions and strategic partnerships with NGO’s. The profits from the exhibitions as well as donations from those freshly enlightened by the photographs would grant the Senegalese youth a higher chance for success.
Photography gives one the ability to communicate the unsaid and if given the opportunity to live my life behind the lens, others should be able to do the same. The children of St. Louis are not blessed with choice. They are cursed with the burdens of day-to-day life. I want to help them live their dreams.

Vote for Jacob: 1

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