My name is Javier Jimenez and I am a 42 year old Mexican- American male currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. Although I have immersed myself in education through college and vocational programs, for which I am grateful and appreciative of, it was not until I was afforded the opportunity to become the photographer for the San Quentin News that I found my passion addressed. Making pictures through the lens of a camera is something I find amazingly fulfilling. Recording moment, memories, and scenery, is like being able to carve out a little piece of history as I have seen it, allowing me to share it with the world. I love to learn about photography through reading, but when the camera is in my hands and I’m looking through the view finder thinking of light, speed, and composition, I come to life. In addition, I see photography as great way to pay back my community and help troubled youth. I feel as though if I was able to find my passion through photography, some of the troubled youth in my community may be able to find their passion through a viewfinder as well. By teaching youth surrounded by negative influences the beauties of photography I believe I will produce a positive outlet and give them something to focus on other than the ugliness that may surround them. PHOTOGRAPHY IS MY CALLING!
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