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“Art is a positive way to bring the community together.”

When did you first start taking photos? I actually spent most of my college years in the ceramics area—I had my own wheel and loved to throw bowls. I had this teaching assistant in ceramics that really influenced me, so when I approached him at the end of the semester to ask about classes for the spring, he mentioned that he was also a TA for a photography class. So I enrolled. I showed up on the first day and I was hooked. I sold my wheel and other ceramic equipment, and basically used it to get the foundation of the photography kit I have today. There was something about the class that just made the whole world make more sense to me. For years, I tried so many things. And the all of a sudden—just by looking at pictures—I found myself interested in classes that I originally hated like history, political science, English, and math. Photography really helped me to recognize the way I think—and I know now that I’m a very visual person. What inspired you to create BRIDGE? It really evolved from all of the different projects that I was already doing. Bridge wants to provide opportunities to learn outside the box. We offer a small amount of Mobile Workshops that we hope to grow rapidly this fall. These classes actually take people out into the field—mainly desert locations like Anza Borrego, Palm Canyon, Salvation Mountain, East Jesus, Salton Sea,

and Joshua Tree. This summer, I even started taking groups out to Palomar Mountain. Where and what do you teach? I currently work at Mira Costa College in Oceanside. I think it’s been four years now- hard to tell because time has just feels like it’s been moving at lighting speed. The class I normally teach is ART208 Advanced Darkroom Photography, but I have also taught ART 207 Beginning Darkroom Photography and ART251 Digital Photography. I love it—such an awesome school! I’ve also been working there as their Instructional Associate. That basically means I manage the film and digital facilities, alongside my right-hand man (he’s actually left handed) Pat Blocher. On top of all that, I also manage several of the departments for student interns and teaching assistants. When school is out I teach several youth programs that explore the history and contemporary technologies of photography. More recently, I’m developing a youth program with The Hill Street Country Club by using Bridge to connect students from Mira Costa College to get college credit photo-based teaching workshops. For more info, contact rizzhel@building-bridges.org, and also please visit building-bridges.org for additional information.   25

The Osider magazine | Vol 2 Issue 5 (September / October 2015)  

Inside This Issue: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Mission San Luis Rey, Ghost Hunting at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside’s Hidden City Derby G...

The Osider magazine | Vol 2 Issue 5 (September / October 2015)  

Inside This Issue: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Mission San Luis Rey, Ghost Hunting at Hunter Steakhouse, Oceanside’s Hidden City Derby G...

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