March 10, 2017

1000 Videos for the Deaf

I find pleasure working with individuals and organizations that work to help make a difference in the community. Every once in a while you will see a post highlighting groups that I get to meet. 

Recently, I have been collaborating with a non-profit organization, Deaf Kids Code, and it has been fun to learn about what they are working to achieve. Deaf Kids Code is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bridge the severe economic and social gaps that exist among the deaf and hard of hearing through the cultivation of computing and technology skills. Recently, Deaf Kids Code partnered with Purdue University’s EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) program, in which multidisciplinary teams of students work on real world problems with community partners to tackle issues across the globe. Deaf Kids Code and the DKC EPICS team are currently working together to translate Khan Academy JavaScript coding tutorials into American Sign Language. Khan Academy has endorsed their work and we will be able to post to their official website once they get 1000 videos.

Want to learn more about what is trying to be achieved?  Come to this FREE Tech Fair on April 2nd in West Lafayette, Indiana!

You can find them on FACEBOOK or visit their website to learn more about how you can help: deafkidscode.org




March 7, 2017

Behind The Lens



Ever had a moment where you took the time to know someone or a story behind a project and your perspective about that individual or project changes? I had a moment like that when reading the story behind the song “Forever” by Nathan Pacheco. For a long time, I found his songs beautiful but once I took the time to read the story behind this song, I developed a personal connection and appreciation for it. As a photographer, it is easy to feel like I am just another photographer among the many others, just like the feeling of "just another song." I began to ask myself, what is my story behind the lens?

The first thing that comes to mind is my hearing loss story, which is a huge part of me. I am also a father, husband and an individual who strives to help others reach their potential. Losing my hearing was devastating but also a huge blessing in my life. Because of that journey, I have been able to meet so many people and learn from each person. Photography became another big part of my life when I was 16 years old. When I lost my hearing, everything was silent and my world consisted of expressions of emotions through sign language.

The first time I took a photo, all I saw was a moment of time and expressions of emotions. At that moment, I knew I wanted to share my perspective through photography. It became a passion of mine. It was never about how much money I can make or how popular I can get, but simply to share my perspective of the world around me. My son, Lucas, is one of my favorite things to photograph. He displays so much emotion and it puts a smile on my face. I also enjoy working with families and individuals to capture moments in their life. Memories are made out of moments in time.



My story behind the lens continues to unfold and expand. When I meet new photographers and organizations, I strive to learn more about their story. I hope we can all learn more about those around us who contribute to the community.


March 5, 2017

Twins & Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday!

Today, my son and I got to be twins! Check it out!



We are expecting our second child in a few weeks and could not be any more excited. Want to follow more of our journey? Follow me on Instagram: @davidbcluff or https://www.instagram.com/davidbcluff/

Have a great week!