Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
Empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives.
Steve Rietzke is an emerging photographer in Washington, DC. He focuses on urban and natural landscapes, people, and events, and the city and its many parks fuel his passion for creating interesting images. He particularly enjoys working with digital black and white to emphasize line, form, and texture in his photographs. Steve lives along the H Street Corridor in northeast DC with his wife Kathleen and his son Theodore, and in his spare time he works on federal grant policy at an undisclosed government agency.
Alex Shieh & Vader Von Trapp of the Sinister Intelligence Agency
The Sininster Intelligence Agency has been Djing and otherwise causing
trouble in Trinidad and beyond since 2006.
Given a camera by my mother at a very young age, I have always known that photography was woven into my soul. Day to day, as I make my way through the world, I am constantly aware of the color, light and texture of my surroundings. Because of this, my work centers on everything and nothing all at once. There is beauty in everything. We just have to see it. Being from Louisiana, I am in love with all things country but, after living on the Hill for the last 10 years, I have come to also love the roots I have planted here. I work in the neighborhood walking dogs for Saving Grace, I volunteer weekly at Yoga District on H St. and I recently started a pet photography business named Tag. My life is full of all the things most important to me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Adrienne has been drawing seriously, since she was three years old. She’ll be fifteen in the fall. Drawing is her interpretation of the world. Its meditative quality calms her mind. She enjoys showing her work and receiving feedback on it. She’s always sketching and learning.
Washington, DC (USA)
New York Institute of Photography, Professional Photography Program (Current Student)
GS Graudate School, Intro Digital Photography, 2009
Media: Digital & 35mm Film
Focuses: Buildings/Urban Nature, Events, Concerts, & Interior spaces.
Originally from Arnold, Maryland, Ryan Walker has lived in DC since 1999 and in Trinidad since 2009. His work has been featured in Abraham Lincoln, Jupiter 88, Everyday Genius and other journals. He published a collection of poetry, You Will Own It Permanently, in 2009. He lives with his parrotlet, Arnold.
Elise Bernard, photography
Jojo Fekwa, painting
Elis Franzen, mixed-media
Robert Mann-Thompson, photography
Kim Seidl, photography