BEHIND THE ZINE
July 2017, a group of 37 students and leaders from Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco went to New York to serve at A House On Beekman in the South Bronx. We helped run a day camp for the kids in the community and it was a blast! A House of Beekman is a non-profit organization aimed to empower the next generation of the South Bronx to reach their full potential. They are about breaking the cycle of poverty and building leaders inside the South Bronx that will go to college and become the principles, doctors, lawmakers, business owners, and lawyers for the South Bronx. They are embracing the culture and beauty of the Bronx and building it from the inside, instead of trying to bring white suburban culture to it.
I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say this week was a complete growing and learning experience. I was taught so much about systematic poverty, my personal privilege, and the importance of standing WITH marginalized groups. Along with that, my love for trips in general was renewed because the deep connections made with dozens of people that I might not have otherwise crossed paths with. As cliche as it sounds, this trip was a life changing experience.
WHAT’S A ZINE
Merriam-Webster defines a zine as follows: “a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.” Before the internet, they were typically small, self-published works that would talk about the things that the mainstream media wouldn't. These days, they're typically books about art or a collection of photos
My goal for this zine was to authentically capture our time on the trip. The pages are full of students and leaders serving with the kids in the Bronx, playing with fidget spinners, riding the subway or getting your makeup done for a “drag show.”
8.5” x 11”
All shot on Kodak 35mm film (Portra 400, Colorplus 200)
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