For 16-year-old Azaria “Ace” Garcia, the camera is his way in.
It’s his permission to slip into someone’s life to tell a bit of their story. It’s his certificate to be seen as a professional. And he hopes that, someday, it’s his ticket to places as far as California.
It started two ago when someone asked Ace if he wanted to take photos and shoot video for The Weary Arts Group’s performance of “The Wiz.” The images would help tell the story to those who couldn’t be at the show or for performers who wanted to perfect the act.
“The best part was that I didn’t have to be in front of the camera,” Ace says, his shy smile a hint of the confidence that is unearthed when he’s behind the scenes.