The Lens Project

With two photography lessons under their belt, seven Abilitree participants set out to test their photography skills at capturing downtown Bend and Drake Park. In a two-hour span, the amateur photographers captured life in Bend – dogs and their owners passing by, beloved landmarks, bikes and elements of nature. The field trip provided an opportunity for learning and exploring life through the lens.
The photography outing was part of The Lens Project, one of the many ways that the Central Oregon nonprofit Abilitree works to empower people with disabilities, assisting individuals to gain independence, productivity and inclusion in community life.

Abilitree partnered with local photographer and longtime supporter, Jill Rosell, to teach the photography classes and lead the field trip. Two days of classes provided participants with the basics of photography, how to use SLR digital cameras, how to frame an image, and defining a good image.
“Art is such a huge part of community,” says April O’Meara, Business Development Manager at Abilitree. “It’s a part of who we are and helps defines us. This photography experience is giving individuals with disabilities one more avenue for community involvement. The photographs exceeded Jill Rosell’s expectations and the participants can’t wait to share their talents with the community.”
The participants will display their work at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty office in downtown Bend for the December 5th First Friday Art Walk. The 16×20 canvases will be for sale as a fundraiser benefiting Abilitree. You’re invited to enjoy live music by Three D and try your luck at raffle prizes, including a 20×30 canvas print by Jill Rosell Photography.
The Lens Project is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, BendBroadband and Jill Rosell Photography, with in-kind support from Studio Absolute and Three D.
Where: Downtown Cascade Sotheby’s, 821 NW Wall Street, Bend O 97701
When: Friday, December 5th (First Friday Art Walk) 5pm-8pm