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Pablove Shutterbugs profile: Hanna and the mysterious bubbles

Posted on Jul. 9, 2015 ( comments)
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Hanna Safley's photo is one of 28 on display at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

During a photography class on lighting, teachers and students blew soap bubbles into the air.

And Hanna Safley, 14, got down on the floor and pointed her camera up.

You may not have guessed at first that Hanna’s photo depicts soap bubbles, but she prefers it to be a mystery.

“I like that it doesn’t actually look like bubbles,” she said. “People are surprised when I tell them that.”

Hanna’s photo is one of 28 on display at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma.

The artwork is part of the Pablove Shutterbugs program, which partners with hospitals to bring photography lessons to children living with cancer. During the five-week program, children are given cameras and weekly lessons.

Hanna Safley Pablove Shutterbugs
Hanna, from Edgewood, has been an oncology patient at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital since January 2014 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her mom, Kelly Safley, remembers how excited Hanna was when she received her camera. It was the day of her release from Mary Bridge, and she took photos the whole ride home.

“She’s had a lot of joy with it,” her mom said. “It was a good distraction.”

Kelly is a professional portrait photographer herself, but tried not to influence Hanna’s work too much.

“I wanted it to be her own view, her own perspective,” she said. “Kids have their own vision and come up with some beautiful work.”

Mary Bridge was one of 12 sites nationwide selected for the Shutterbugs program, and is the only site to have the kids’ final work displayed in a world-class museum.

Hanna said she enjoyed the program because it allowed her the chance to relax and stop worrying about her leukemia.

“It was nice to get away from the craziness of treatment,” she said.

Hanna continues to take photos. Most recently she tried long-exposure photography using sparklers to create the shape of a heart.

You can see the Pablove Shutterbugs exhibit at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma through Oct. 1. Photos are also available for purchase online, with proceeds benefiting the Pablove Shutterbugs program.

Browse the Mary Bridge gallery and purchase prints

Learn more about the Pablove Foundation

Visit the Museum of Glass

Posted in: Cancer | Tacoma

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Roxanne Cooke is our senior content editor and manages VitalsKite Strings and Bring Happy Back, plus special projects such as 24 Hours at Tacoma General Hospital and The Healthy Futures Project. She tells stories in words, photos and video. You can reach her at [email protected]

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