CORONA — Calling all shutterbugs.
Teens from around the borough will get a chance to take part in a free photography workshop that is focused on the history, culture and beauty of their borough.
Wu — who highlights the talent in Queens on her site, and also sells apparel — wanted to do something for the borough's youth and approached Vasquez about a workshop.
They teamed up to create something that will allow kids to learn and appreciate Queens through their mobile phones, snapping pics of what's around them.
Vazquez started his Instagram account, Mr.Queenscapes, last year as both a way to share his love of photography and a way to explore Queens' unique neighborhoods.
Through his project he's discovered a new appreciation for the borough, and he'd like to share that with a younger generation, he said.
"We're Queens kids, we take it for granted," he said of the borough's culture and history. "Why not get kids on a ground level? Why not learn know what you have, and appreciate it now?"
The group will meet up at a location that will be sent to applicants — likely Flushing Meadows-Corona Park— and spend hours exploring, talking and taking pictures of the landmarks in the area.
The companies are all examples that you "don't have to leave the borough to be successful," Wu said, and she was encouraged by their support.
"All the 'grownups' are really excited about it," she said.
Vazquez, who has turned his photography hobby into a part-time job with contributions in the Queens Ledger, said the best part about the workshops will be allowing kids build their own sense of hometown pride with just a little discovery.
"There's so much stuff going on right under your nose," he said.
"You don't have to go to Manhattan, you don't have to be 'cool' and go to Brooklyn. Do your research, stay here."
QNSKID participants must be between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for more information.