Friday, March 18, 2011

Picturing Maricopa 2010

Last year I was selected for a second time to represent the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and take part in the photographic project called Picturing Maricopa 2010. I was honored and very fortunate to be selected in 2009 as well. To make the selections an outside selection committee was formed consisting of museum curators and a graphic designer. The final 15 professional photographers who were chosen live and work in the Phoenix Metro area. We were then paired with 15 nonprofit agencies who care for people of all needs.

The Trust publishes a quarterly magazine called notebook. I was excited to hear that my work is featured on the cover of this years magazine. It is a picture of Victor. Victor works in the paper shredding area of the TCH facility. He is a vivacious, and outwardly happy man who has serious needs both mental and physical.

Dawn Hawking Director of Development for The Centers of Habilitation (TCH) wrote the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and me when she received her magazine in the mail. This is what she wrote:

I wanted to let you know that I just took the notebook to Victor to show him, and you made his day by putting him on the cover. His coworkers were standing around and are just as excited as he is. It was a great moment to experience. Thank you again.

News like this, just makes my day. If I can help people or bring light onto an issue through my photography there is no greater compliment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Take a Minute to Reflect

My thoughts and prayers go out the tens of thousands of people who have lost everything in Northern Japan.