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Essence Guns Down Campaign

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Essence Guns Down campaign.

Essence Guns Down campaign.

As a result of gun violence affecting my hometown and around the US, I was motivated to speak to a group of young students about the importance of expressing themselves creativity and being leaders amongst their peers. I am in support of Essence Magazine’s Guns Down Campaign to help President Obama pass stricter gun control laws. In addition to supporting our President through Congress, I believe it takes great love and respect for one another and rebuilding the family structure to get to the core of the problem. Laws won’t fix our country’s issues completely but good morals instilled from a young age will.

The note reads:

“I am concerned about the thousands of children who lose their lives to gun violence every year. I am concerned that gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, devastating families and robbing so many of our children of their future.

Mr. President, I support your initiatives to curb gun violence, include restrictions on assault weapons, strengthen mental health care for young people, universal background checks for gun purchasers, stiffer criminal penalties for gun trafficking and funding research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Mr. President, please share with Congress my support for your initiative to end gun violence. Together we can ensure a bright future for all our children.”

Let’s make a difference today! Join me and others here.

Thanks for all your help!

Photographic Light Painting Collaboration with Nastassia Davs & Kingdom Academy Students.

Photographic Light Painting Collaboration with Nastassia Davs & Kingdom Academy Students.


Nastassia Davis speaking to students during Photography Workshop in Pleasantville, NJ.

Nastassia Davis speaking to students during Photography Workshop in Pleasantville, NJ.

Nastassia Davis teaching the students at New Jersey Ave School in Atlantic City about photography and "focus". Career Day. 5/25/12

Nastassia Davis teaching the students at New Jersey Ave School in Atlantic City about photography and “focus”.

Children protesting against gun violence in Pleasantville, NJ. Published photo by Ed Lee in AC PRESS.

Children protesting against gun violence in Pleasantville, NJ. February 13, 2013. Photo by Ed Lea in AC PRESS.

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Written by Nastassia Davis

April 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Light Paint Collab w/ Kingdom Academy Youth – Pleasantville, NJ

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I had the awesome opportunity to guest speak about my photography work at the Pleasantville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s program includes dozens of fun activities to fit a variety of interest and I was delighted to share my work to the youth, who ranged from ages 9 to 12 years old, as an art photographer.

Here are the materials for the presentation.

– My Mac
– Led flashlights for space writing exercise.
– 35mm Canon film camera & Yashica Copal

Before the project, we looked through some old-fashioned camera lenses. As I showed a selection of my digital self portraits, they had some interesting thoughts to share on the work, such as this photo. “Freedom!” “Woman of Justice!” “Someone who stands up for what they believe in!” were some of their responses. I told them no matter the age, young or old, they should always stand up for what is right. Be it in their respective communities or the world, being a leader and positive example for friends, peers and family members is something they should always strive to do.

Now it was time to begin my favorite part of the presentation – creating live art! I showed them this photo and explained the process. Space writing started around 1889 in an attempt to study the movements of human beings to horses. Fast forward to 1949, I showed them the interesting images of Picasso’s light paintings. Each of them were assigned a single letter that they created in the dark. Together the letters form the phrase “Stop The Violence!” which is a message we feel needs to be heard in our hometown of Atlantic City and within the communities across the nation suffering from senseless homicides.

Rest in peace to the victims of the Colorado Movie Theater for Batman. We must do something about gun control in America. I don’t understand how it’s legally possible to obtain a Glock pistol and the AR-15 assault rifle and shoot up a theater of innocent movie-goers. The homicides by the youth in my hometown and crimes like this across America really upset me.

We got to do better. I pray we can find the solutions and work to put them to action soon.

Written by Nastassia Davis

July 27, 2012 at 1:08 pm