We’re proud to announce that Fracture has partnered with The Pablove Foundation, an organization that helps kids with cancer fight childhood cancer with love. Cancer treatment is devastatingly difficult for anyone going through the horrible disease, and even more so for kids. That’s why Pablove believes that providing kids with an outlet and the opportunity to express their creativity during their treatment is crucial.
Pablove does this through their unique approach of addressing childhood cancer through art and science. The Pablove Shutterbugs program teaches kids living with cancer to develop their creative voices through the art of photography. Along with this, Pablove invests in underfunded, cutting-edge pediatric cancer research.
In honor of International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15, Fracture is launching the Shutterbugs Collection, featuring inspiring photography from Shutterbugs graduates printed on Fracture’s signature glass prints. All profits from this collection will be used to fund a research grant to support the fight against childhood cancer.
Now, you can meet the visionaries behind the beautiful photos in the collection! Read our conversation with Camille, a 10-year-old Shutterbug from Massachusetts.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Camille, I’m 10 years old, and I live in the United States. I like to run a lot. In school, I like math and geography. We write a lot of stories at our school, and I like doing that. I also like to play with my bearded dragon, Spiky.
What’s your favorite location for a photo-op?
My photo that’s in the Fracture Collection I actually took at the sand dunes near my house. I like to go there for pictures. There’s always birds, snakes, and butterflies, and I like to take my net with me and see what I can find. I always go before the Pablove assignment of the week.
The cool thing is that I actually didn’t mean to take the [Untitled] photo in the Fracture Collection. I just crouched down and didn’t know it was going to look that good.
[Camille’s mom: While Camille was sick, immunocompromised, and low energy, the sand dunes and different outdoor parks in the area…these were places we could go and bring a wagon and just pull her around. She just loved it. It was a way we could get her outside without being in a large crowd or exerting herself. We had some really special times there.]
What do you do in the Pablove Shutterbugs program? What have you learned?
I’ve learned how to take better photos and how to tell a story with a photo. I also learned how to interact more with people. [While the Pablove Shutterbugs program was virtual], it was hard to make friends because we couldn’t meet each other. But I still got to see the other kids and their photos. It just feels good to express myself.
What do you enjoy most about photography?
When I take a picture, it’s probably because I want to remember something. So I like taking pictures because I get to remember that specific person or thing that I did.
What is your favorite photo that you’ve taken?
There’s a lot of photos I’ve taken that I like! But my favorites are probably pictures of Spiky or at the dunes. I really like nature and animals.
What do you do to get that perfect photo?
I look at what I’m going to be taking a picture of and I try to find the best point of view. I learned that from [the Pablove Shutterbugs program]. Sometimes, I either stand up in a certain way or I crouch down or angle my camera. And then I just take the picture!
What are your goals for the future?
I want to be a singer. My favorite, favorite singer is LeAnn Rimes. One Way Ticket is a great song!
But I also kind of want to be a photographer now that I’ve learned so much about it in Pablove Shutterbugs.
If you were speaking to another kid who was just diagnosed with cancer, what words of advice would you give to them?
I would tell them that while you’re getting treatment, think of your favorite place, time, animal, or person. It really helps to be positive. And don’t be scared because there’s nothing to worry about.
A heartfelt thank you to Camille, her family, and our friends at The Pablove Foundation for allowing us to share Camille’s incredible story. Consider purchasing Camille’s photo or any of the other young artists’ prints in our Shutterbugs Collection, and make your mark in the fight against childhood cancer.