Peninsula graduate teaches storytelling
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 5:34 pm | Updated: 12:20 am, Sat Aug 15, 2015.
Winston Struye has taught photography from Brooklyn to Prague to Kathmandu. Whether his students are well-to-do American prep students or former street kids in the third-world, the lesson is the same: You have a story to tell.
Struye, who lives in New York City where he teaches photography to under-served youth, is planning the curriculum he will teach this fall. He’s also investigating if he can qualify for some sort of grant to return to Nepal and continue a project that began during a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in April that killed 9,000 people.
Struye, who earned a photography degree from RMIT University in Australia after graduating from Peninsula High School in 2009, decided to take the road less traveled by teaching needy youngsters pretty much anywhere.
“I liked photography, but if I was to create a career out of it I did not want to make a career in the traditional sense of working for someone else,” Struye said. “I did not like the idea of selling fashion clothes or something like that.”
Besides teaching through the Slideluck Youth Initiativein New York, Struye also travels the world teaching kids through the National Geographic Student Expeditions, a subsidiary of the popular magazine.