Hello all, I'm a newer volunteer with PDN here in Boulder. I'm also a photographer working on several fine-art portrait series. Currently I'm doing a series on Iraq War veterans who are resisting the war. You can see some of the images here- http://www.jonorlandophoto.com/IraqVet.htm# The reason I'm writing however, is because I'm in the beginning stages of a portrait series on prisoners who are engaged in dharma practice. I have met with Kate Crisp to begin discussing the project and she mentioned it would be helpful to post something to the forum. Essentially I'm looking for any information, experiences, etc that people can provide. What experiences people have had in photographing in prisons, any knowledge of rules and regulations in different prisons and jails in different areas, contacts with prisoners who might be willing to partake in something like this, etc. Any and all info is appreciated. Thanks much for your time. If you want to contact me directly- firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers- Jon O.
Great seeing you as well and thanks for having me along. It was a terrific experience. I was amazed at the receptiveness of the kids to both the photography and the work PDN was doing. I would love to continue to do more there and I believe there is great potential there. Many of the guards and employees of LM I talked with seemed very excited and receptive to the program. The release issue was certainly a bit of a hindrance to getting the types of images I was hoping to get but we did ok and I believe there is definitely potential there to do more photography. Now that I understand how their system works and what their requirements and concerns are, it will be easier in the future. I'm in communications with them regarding the images taken on Monday and I'm following through with what needs to be done with the releases etc. and will keep you posted. Thanks again. It was a powerful event and I was honored to be there. Cheers- Jon O.