Students capture hopes, dreams through photography |

Students capture hopes, dreams through photography

Morgan Aguilar
April 04, 2017 05:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Maria Murillo spent the day taking pictures of her hopes and dreams, including one of becoming a cardiologist.


On Tuesday, Murillo didn't know much about photography. But photojournalist and author Linda Solomon surprised her and 14 other seniors at health leadership high school with their own digital cameras.

"When I was 6, I was like, 'Oh, let's just take pictures.' And now you see more of the meaning of the picture."

It's part of Pictures of Hope. Volunteer mentors take students out to help them capture their dreams in a photograph. Solomon chose Albuquerque to bring the program to for the fourth time.

"The need is huge, and the appreciation just by the mentors and how they're giving of themselves today," she said. "That shows how dedicated New Mexicans are to our future, to the kids."

Solomon has visited 40 U.S. cities, giving cameras to children and watching their creativity come to life.

"When you listen to their dreams, they dream for the things that truly matter," she said. "You don't hear iPads or iPods or things like that."

For Murillo, it's a reminder that instead of dropping out of high school like she wanted to sophomore year, she'll graduate next month with a bright future.

"I see it as more of an influential project to influence you to work on what you want to be and try to achieve it," she said.

Solomon has another huge surprise for these students on May 9. It's all in the name of making some of these dreams come true.


Morgan Aguilar

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