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June 14, 2021 – July 2, 2021

June 14 - 21 and June 28 - July 2 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | This is a two-week course.

Instructor: Mike Vos, Kalimah Abioto

Location: Online

Exploring Identity, Environment, and Creativity through Photography, Video, and Sound 

In this two-week class photographer, Mike Vos and filmmaker Kalimah Abioto will work with students to create narratives using photography, video, sound, and writing which will culminate in a digital publication that pairs these different mediums together. Students will use these creative tools to explore themselves, their environment, communities, and more. The first week of this class will be devoted to learning about visual storytelling as well as creating interesting narratives using photographs and video with the support of the instructors and your fellow classmates. Following the first week, students will be given a weeklong break to refresh and assess the content they’ve gathered to then transform that work into zine form. While the second week will be mainly devoted to creating a zine that pairs the visual work with writing and sound to keep and share with friends, family, and community.

This class is for middle and high school students.

Dates: Week 1: June 14 – 18 and Week 2: June 28 – July 2 | Monday, Wednesday & Friday | This is a two-week course.
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Tuition: $125
Instructors: Kalimah Abioto and Mike Vos
Ages: Age range 12 years – 18 years old.

Kalimah Abioto is a multi-dimensional artist and creator that has a background in video documentation, editing, and producing. Being an empathetic creator who likes to try new things has allowed her to embody many different roles from filmmaker, poet, musician, creative mentor, restaurant co-owner, to assistant theatre director, and more. Kalimah values creativity, family, integrity, social work, passion, determination, individuality, and communal unity among other things. See some of her work at

Portland photographer Mike Vos presents a visual narrative of a world without humans and a focus on the regrowth of wildlife. Shot entirely on a 4×5 film camera built in the 1940s, this series utilizes in-camera double exposures to tell a story of reclamation and redemption amidst a crumbling industrial landscape. Drawing from literary themes such as magical realism, subtle horror, and alternate history, this series is a captivating look at the ecological footprint that humans leave behind. See some of his work at


This class is in: Classes, Youth Classes, Summer Camps

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.