Saturday, March 8, 2014

Off-topic: Photography for good

Our friend Meredith Hutchison conceived and carried out a photography-based project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The objective, in her words, was to "use photography to show positive images of women and a way that gave the girls...control." The girls and young women shared their aspirations with Meredith, who helped them put themselves and their dreams into photos. The project is called Vision not Victim.

This video gives a much better explanation, and shows some wonderful images. It's well worth watching. The project was supported by the International Rescue Committee. I've heard but can't confirm that the photos will be on public exhibit soon in Washington, DC. I'll update this post when I find out.

This is a great reminder of how powerful and constructive photography can be. Thank you, Meredith, and congratulations.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Off-topic: A great cause

One of my photos and two sets of my greeting cards will be offered at the annual auction for Green Acres School, a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school in North Bethesda, MD. Our two boys attended Green Acres and Susan has worked there for over three decades. We can attest that it is an exceptional place for children to learn and grow. (Bethesda Magazine thinks so, too. Their readers named Green Acres the best private school, K through 8th, in the January/February 2014 issue.)

You can bid on my items and many, many others at the online auction site. The proceeds support financial aid, professional development, classroom materials, library acquisitions, and more. More information about the auction is here. See this post for a description of my greeting cards.

So have a look at the auction. Bidding closes March 10th. Thanks very much!

Kale (signed, framed print offered at auction)

Greeting Cards (two sets of these six designs offered at auction)