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Breck local showcases photography

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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Diana Sabreen is displaying her photographs at Clint’s Bakery and Coffee House in Breckenridge, but there’s more to her story than meets the eye.

At first, people see Sabreen’s local and regional landscape photos, ranging from a popular night shot in Breckenridge to photos of Aspen and Moab, at Clint’s. But downstairs is where her true story lies. There, viewers experience Southeast Asia through her lens. Sabreen traveled to Thailand, intending to teach English there. But when she discovered people whose only art class consisted of tracing an existing photo, as well as Burmese refugees who called themselves journalists in exile because their country granted no freedom of speech, she felt compelled to train young people on how to create compelling photographs.

“I wanted to empower them to go into their own country (Burma) to report,” Sabreen said.

Now, she’s planning a trip to Kenya, in partnership with Technology Partnerships, which brings computers to Kenya and trains teachers to incorporate technology into classrooms. Sabreen aims to teach locals to “tell stories and express themselves” through photography. She hopes to raise money for her three-week trip, in mid-November, through personal e-mail requests.

In addition to seeing Sabreen’s photography, Clint’s customers also can purchase her self-published book, “Ski Town, USA: A Moustachumentary.” What began for her as a “hilarious” documentation of mustaches during March Madness developed into a soulful book portraying all kinds of people, from those who live by the ‘stache to young people who grow them and quickly shave them off.

“It’s a journalistic portraiture with a quirky twist,” she said.


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