I’m winding down my first year in the Visual Communication MA program here at UNC Chapel Hill and am excited to share some of my recent projects. This semester I had the chance to partner with my talented classmate Mary Stevens to produce a short documentary film about Mr. Rick’s Ballerz, an AAU basketball program based in Durham, NC. You can see the film here. Huge thanks to Mr. Rick, Miss Beth, Kentrell, and all the “Ballerz” for welcoming us into the family.
This piece was produced as part of a group multimedia project exploring issues and stories related to the school to prison pipeline in Durham, NC. To see the full project, visit Faultlines: Race, Class and Education in Durham, NC.
I’m deep into the second semester of the MA program in Visual Communication here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and feeling both completely overwhelmed and completely thrilled for this opportunity to learn from such incredible teachers and classmates. This semester I’m lucky to be studying documentary with Chad Stevens and working on a short film about the experience of families with loved ones in prison. Above is a still frame from the project — stay tuned for the full piece, coming soon.
Just wanted to post a quick image from this week’s photo story about b-boys, or breakdancers, in the Raleigh area. This scene is from a practice session with the Break-fast Club (get it?) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. As always, I love shooting hip hop culture, and it’s amazing to see these guys and girls defy gravity with their bodies. And of course the best part is the amazing music! Hoping to shoot more of them soon.
I’ve recently made a big move and am happy to announce that, for the next two years, I’ll be working on a masters degree in visual journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to be here working with some fabulous mentors and talented classmates and pursuing stories with the support and resources of the university community. I’m most grateful to the Park family and the Triad Foundation for their generous support of my work here through the Roy H. Park Fellowship program.
For my first weekly photo story, I spent some time at the New Greater Zion Wall House of Miracles in Durham. I really loved the community feel of this small congregation, who were celebrating a youth revival during the weekend I spent there. The church will soon celebrate its 63rd anniversary and many of those who worship there, including the church’s Senior Pastor Apostle Dr. T.L. Peaks-Cash, were born and raised in the church. I hope to be able to spend more time there as I continue to explore the communities of Durham.
Public Transit–Public Good, a campaign of CLU and the GJC, brings together workers, riders, and communities in pursuit of a more affordable, sustainable and equitable transit system. This fall, I worked with CLU and the GJC to tell the parallel stories of a bus rider and a bus driver as a way of illustrating how good public transit benefits whole communities and cities. Chris Fanous lives and works in Springfield, MA, and depends on the bus system to get around. Michael Haughton has been driving for the Springfield Area Transit Company for 13 years and cares about the needs of his riders. Watch the video to meet Chris and Michael and hear their stories.
For more on the campaign, visit www.publictransitpublicgood.org.
Planet Takeout is: Crab rangoon. Dollar plates. Lucky cats. Charming delivery men. Late night drunken indulgences. And neon. Lots of neon.
Producer Val Wang and I spent the last few months steaming our buns, if you will, in the simmering kitchens of Chinese takeout restaurants around Boston. Val is the creator and director of Planet Takeout, a participatory multimedia documentary project about the role of Chinese takeouts as vital cultural crossroads in Boston and beyond. Together, we’ve been collecting images and stories from both sides of the takeout counter, exploring themes of neighborhood history, family relationships, cultural clashes, and unexpected connections through the lens of the humble Chinese takeout.
Today, we’re happy to launch the Planet Takeout website! Pop on over and check it out at: www.planettakeout.org
We worked with the internet wizards at Zeega and graphic design mavericks at Golden Arrows to create an immersive, interactive website that features the stories we’ve collected and invites users to submit their own photos, stories, and locations (you can add your own takeout to our Delicious World map). We hope you like it and we especially hope you’ll send us a photo of your favorite takeout, a lucky fortune, an amazing neon sign, your loyal deliveryperson, or whatever captures your experience with Chinese takeout. We can’t wait to hear from you.
My latest multimedia collaboration is up (watch it here)! I was thrilled to be invited to spend a few days with the women of a new community-based doula program in Elizabeth, New Jersey, documenting the stories of the newly trained doulas, their clients, and the emerging relationships between these women. The program aims to offer support, education, and resources for pregnancy and early motherhood to low-income women in Elizabeth and the surrounding area.
As I followed the doulas through their training and client visits, it was easy to see how passionate these women are about improving the experience of pregnancy and motherhood for women in their communities. Watch the video to hear their stories.
Thanks to a partnership with the Chelsea City-Wide Tenants Association (CTA) and the Chelsea Collaborative, my multimedia exhibit about the foreclosure crisis, We Shall Not Be Moved, will be featured at this year’s Chelsea Art Walk, happening the weekend of June 11 and 12. The CTA brings together families facing foreclosure and eviction throughout Chelsea and the surrounding area to organize and support each other in their struggles to stay in their homes.
The story of CTA member Eglentina Lopez and her family will be featured as part of the exhibit. From an article in Spanish-language newspaper Primer Momento about the exhibit:
“Eglentina and her family became “Bank Tenants” after Fannie Mae foreclosed on the house where they live in January of 2010. For them, being bank tenants has meant an uncertainty of not knowing when or who will fix busted pipes or broken doors.
It has meant that one day a Texas company asks for rent, and the next day they receive an eviction notice. Eglentina is in an eternal fight against the bank to assure that her family isn’t evicted and while they remain at 64 Maverick Street, that they have a safe home. She knows that even though she can’t count on the government to help her with her apartment, she can always count on the support and the help of the Chelsea City-Wide Tenants Association, a group of renters and homeowners working to avoid foreclosures and evictions.”
Stop by the Chelsea Collaborative on Saturday, June 11, at 4 pm for a presentation including live testimonies from families facing foreclosure and eviction.
I’m thrilled to announce that we’re currently hanging the We Shall Not Be Moved exhibit in anticipation of this Thursday’s opening reception in Manhattan! The show will be at the Julia Richman Education Complex at 317 E. 67th Street — come by this Thursday from 5 to 7 pm to see the work, hear live presentations from project participants, and mingle with others who care about how the foreclosure crisis is impacting our communities and what folks are doing about it. Huge thanks to Rebekah Cook-Mack of South Brooklyn Legal Services for organizing this event!
A couple sneak peeks behind the scenes…
Images from a recent shoot at my favorite yoga studio, Be in Union Yoga in Union Square, Somerville. Teachers and co-directors of the studio Blanca Alcaraz and Jaci Kryzak have created a great space on the belief that “yoga is for everyone and should be accessible to all.” And when she’s not teaching yoga, Blanca serves the community through her role as a Somerville firefighter; hear her story on Radio Boston, as reported by my friend, colleague and fellow yoga fan, Jessica Alpert.
Thanks to everyone who made it out on Friday evening for a great opening reception at the Washington Street Art Center! My exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved, will be up through the end of March; stop by any Saturday between 12 and 4, or get in touch to schedule another time to come see the show. Thanks to Art Center Director Lee Kilpatrick for the photos below.
We Shall Not Be Moved, my on-going documentary project about the foreclosure crisis, is being exhibit this month at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville. Stop by the opening reception on Friday, March 4, from 6 to 9 pm, or during gallery hours, 12 to 4 every Saturday during March.
Today’s Boston Globe Arts & Entertainment section featured an article on my on-going documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved! The project, which uses photography and multimedia to document the local grassroots struggle against foreclosure, opened last night at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester, where it will be on display all week. If you can’t catch it this week, the exhibit will be headed to the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, where it will be up for the month of March. Stay tuned for details…
Last night’s opening reception for the We Shall Not Be Moved project was a huge success — thanks so much to all of the 150+ people who made it out to the Great Hall in Codman Square on a cold Saturday night! What a great crowd. It was fun for me to finally see the images from the project printed and mounted, and installed in such a beautiful space. Huge thanks to:
The staff at the Great Hall and the Codman Square Health Center for lending us this great space;
iolabs in Pawtucket Rhode Island for a great job printing and mounting the images — highly recommended!
Our panel of speakers, including Dave Grossman of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Marchelle Jacques-Yarde from Boston Community Capital, and Mayra Duran from the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition;
All the staff and members of City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association who made it out to the event, and those who spoke, including Steve Meacham, Ken Tilton, Marshall Cooper, and Reggie Fuller;
And of course thanks to Mass Humanities, for making the project possible through their support.
And another huge thanks to my friend and colleague Stephanie Ewens, who came out to take some pictures of the event. A few of her images from the evening are posted below. You can check out Steph’s work at www.stephanieewens.com.
WBUR, Boston’s NPR affiliate, featured some great coverage today of my multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved, which opens tomorrow night at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. This morning, I was interviewed on Morning Edition by host Bob Oakes. You can hear the interview online here.
This afternoon’s edition of WBUR’s Radio Boston ran some great coverage of the We Shall Not Be Moved project. Host Meghna Chakrabarti interviewed me in anticipation of tomorrow night’s opening reception, and they included lots of audio clips from the project. Have a listen on their site here; just click on Listen Now to hear the interview.
Today’s Dorchester Reporter featured a front page article about the upcoming opening reception of my multimedia documentary exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved! The article opens with the story of Marshall Cooper who, at 75, is facing post-foreclosure eviction from his home. The print edition of the paper featured my image of Cooper at a rally against the American Bankers Association conference last October. You can hear and see more of Marshall Cooper’s story here.
I’m excited to announce the upcoming opening reception for my on-going multimedia documentary project about foreclosure, We Shall Not Be Moved! The reception will be on February 19th, from 4-7 pm, at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. The evening will include a short program starting at 5 pm, with speakers from City Life/Vida Urbana, the Bank Tenant Association, and community partners, as well as a street theatre piece featuring Bank Tenant Association members. Looking forward to seeing many of you there to celebrate with us. And please help spread the word using our Facebook event page.
And if you can’t make it on the 19th, the exhibit will be on view throughout the week of Feb. 19-25, so please get in touch and schedule a time to come by for a visit.
For more information or press inquiries: email@example.com or 617.771.2844
I’m pleased to announce that some of my work from the We Shall Not Be Moved project will be on display this month at the Dot2Dot Cafe at 1739 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester. The work will be up through mid-February, and I’ll be there to chat with folks about the project on the evening of Thursday, February 10th — come by! And if you haven’t been to Dot2Dot, it’s a great little place that I highly recommend — great atmosphere, and the proprietor and head chef Karen Henry-Garrett will fix you up some delicious and unique food.
Congrats to my client Mary’s Pence on the recent re-design of their website! The organization does great work with women throughout the Americas, helping women work together to support themselves and their families. Learn more about their work on their snazzy new website at www.maryspence.org. And check out the audio slideshows I produced for them about their work in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
An image from my on-going multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved. John Farrow, third from left, looks on as his home is auctioned off on November 1. Standing in protest with him are members of the Bank Tenant Association, a grassroots organization that is fighting to keep families in their homes after foreclosure. The Boston Globe reported this week that Massachusetts foreclosure auctions are averaging one per hour. To see and hear more stories of families facing foreclosure and eviction, check out the We Shall Not Be Moved project website.
I had the opportunity to be part of a great conference this week called “Community Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis,” hosted at Harvard Law School by the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and Project No One Leaves. The conference brought together legal advocates, housing counselors, community organizers, and others from around the country to share experiences and strategize about how communities can come together to find solutions to the challenges presented by the foreclosure crisis. I was also able to present work from my on-going project on the local foreclosure crisis, We Shall Not Be Moved. Read more about the conference, and see some of my photographs, on the Harvard Law School website.
Jeannette Forde participates in a candlelight vigil at the home of Guy Lebrun and his family in Stoughton, MA. After foreclosure, the Lebrun family was approved for a new mortgage through Boston Community Capital that would allow them to keep their home. Boston Community Capital placed an offer on the home, but according to the Lebruns, Bank of America is refusing to consider the offer until their family is evicted.
For more stories of families facing foreclosure and eviction, check out my on-going multimedia documentary project, We Shall Not Be Moved: www.weshallnotbemoved.net