Description of Photo Project “THIS IS OUR YOUTH”

This is Our Youth is nostalgia in the present — Capturing the scenes of DC summer from the POV of its youth
Documenting how they interact in and with their city
And creating a paean to those fleeting and sweet days of summer vacation

About Otessa Marie Ghadar:

Otessa Marie Ghadar is a storyteller at heart — whether through her photography, film, her books, or teaching. She seeks to capture that fleeting sense of nostalgia, but in the present… and to consider what could be.
As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa is a true forerunner of digital media. Her MFA thesis at Columbia University’s film school (“Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden) is now the longest continually running show online. With an international audience in over 145 countries, OJBG has been recognized not only by a loyal global following, but also by industry heavy hitters. OJBG is a six-time Telly Awards Winner, a three-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, among others.

Otessa is also the founder and president of DC-based full-service digital media company: 20/20 Productions. In addition to creating and curating work, her non-profit is currently planning its 5th Annual DC Web and Digital Media Festival (DC Web Fest).

Through insight gained from both “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” (OJBG) and 20/20 Productions, Otessa Ghadar wrote and published the digital media industry’s first textbook, The Wild West of Film. This DIY-guide for creative professionals teaches novices and experts alike how to create, market and manage in the digital age.

Otessa lives in Washington DC with her husband. She is currently and furiously working on her next project — a YA sci fi project called “Lemma”.