Local photographer inspiring the next generation of visual storytellers during Black History Month | Company

ByDavid M. Conte

Feb 20, 2022

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Lights. Camera. Action.

It’s something Tamir Bell, 18, has known for the last four and a half years of his life.

“What I love most about taking photos and videography is that I can inspire others,” said Bell, co-owner of Evolution Digital Marketing Agency.

And today, Bell has the chance to do just that.

With several children who want to learn to tell stories through pictures.

“I actually live to give back to young people,” Bell said. “And it’s just an amazing opportunity.”

Giving back is nothing new for Bell. Last year, he was named the NAACP’s Youth Defender of the Year.

Hoping to show kids that anything is possible no matter who you are.

“To really share the camera story and let the kids know what I’m doing and that they can do it too,” Bell said. “So I hope to inspire only one.”

For Discovery Center, he celebrates Bell’s leadership and talents during Black History Month.

“We are thrilled to have him here to celebrate this different art form,” said Andrea Vesecky, early childhood educator at the Discovery Center. “We really wanted to bring in someone with a hands-on project and experience for our kids.”

For Bell, Black History Month is about coming together to pave the way for future generations.

“Especially in our culture, we have to stick together and help each other to get to the top,” Bell said.

Stand up together and pave the way for others.

The fun continues next Saturday at the Discovery Center as the museum hosts “Build Your Own Discovery Town” where children can build their own town out of recycled materials.