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Photo exhibit captures life in Africa, Mexico and Himalayan Region

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Want to visit Africa, Mexico or the Himalayan region? Just visit the Phelps Youth Pavilion in Waterloo to see the land, people and cultures of those areas captured in a new photo exhibit.

The photos are from Bill Gronen, Bill Witt and Joyce and Kaci Spande.

Bill Witt has visited the Himalayan Region several times throughout the past 25 years.

"Photography was the way for a shy kid to engage the world," said Bill Witt.

Many of Witt's photos feature children, largely from the Refugee Children's School System.

"I think it's important for our kids to see it's all one world. Those kids, our kids, they're all our kids," he said.

Witt and fellow photographer Joyce Spande hope the exhibit shows children and parents that we're all part of one world.

"The people, though they seem different, are really alike," said Joyce Spande.

Spande previously lived in Nigeria for two years. She took the photos on display with her daughter-in-law in Kenya and Tanzania, focusing on animals and the Maasi people.

Spande's photos are mostly shown on canvas.

"I am intrigued with canvas pictures because you can look at the canvas pictures, and if you look at it for a few seconds it walks out at you," said Spande.

The photo exhibit is a great opportunity for children to learn about other parts of the world. Everything from people to the scenery to the animals.

Besides photos, there are interactive exhibits for the kids for hands-on learning.

Snap, Click, Flash! is on display at the Phelps Youth Pavilion at the Waterloo Center for the Arts until the end of December.

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