Fall is a reminder of the joy of color, the joy of falling down, the joy even of getting hurt and getting back up on our feet ready to try again.
Last fall I spent a lot of time filming students in the Teen Stylin’ program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)–a unique program in which teen designers create their own one-of-a-kind, wearable work of art.
And from that footage, I created a 25 minute documentary film, called “NEW-FASHIONED”.
“NEW-FASHIONED” will be screened at this fall’s Teen Stylin’ runway exhibitions at VMFA, November 15 at 5:30 pm and November 22 at 2 pm and 5:30 pm.
Due to the popularity of the event, tickets sold out immediately! But you can watch the trailer and also the full-length film here:
I love working with students new to photography who teach me how to see in unique ways. This weekend I went out with Annie Ward, who is 18 and has a new DSLR camera, to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Plants–the most patient subjects! We explored depth of field, pattern, light, and perspective.
This summer I was a chaperone with St. Stephen’s Youth Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. What did we do? Why did we go? What was the point? Watch this video:
I also created this fun, joyful video highlighting a 2 year-old Dominican girl, Jesuani, who mesmerized us. She showed us (for better or for worse) how to be unstoppable, how to believe in yourself.
Here is the third video in a series of four for Sabot at Stony Point, an independent school in Richmond for students in preschool through eighth grade.
I loved documenting the learning process in the classrooms, especially watching the fourth graders explore light. A main element of Sabot’s philosophy is social constructivism–where small groups construct knowledge for one another, collaboratively, building on each other’s meanings to create more complex understandings.
Each year St. Stephen’s commemorates the Feast of St. Francis with a service blessing the animals.
A good friend and an amazing artist, Mo Regulinski, has been living with diabetes for 50 years. For years she collected her medical device materials, such as needles and insulin pumps, and then transformed these into a series of “regalia” wearable art pieces, which explore themes of strength, freedom, health, and beauty.
I was honored to photograph these pieces for her website and manuscript, “Life with Sugar on Top”.
Last week Richmond celebrated Active Aging Week–a national initiative of the International Council on Aging (ICA) encouraging persons 50 and older to actively age in their communities.
For the closing event celebration, the YMCA of Greater Richmond, along with Senior Connections, United Way, VCU Department of Gerontology, Greater Richmond Age Wave Readiness Coalition, and CATCH Health Habits, commissioned this remake of “Happy” by Pharell Williams.
Last month I spent a few days with my twin nieces, who were just 1-month old! I had spent a lot of time with kids and babies, but not much time with newborns until then. It was a reality check of sleepiness nights and constant feedings, but also such a joy to witness them looking around, to feel their whole babies breath and sigh.
Here’s a short video celebrating the wonder of being so newly alive:
South African artist, Esther Mahlangu, is currently at the VMFA painting two large-scale murals. In a few weeks I will film her in conversation with the curator of African Art and make a short video profile of her and her work.
Esther Mahlangu uses a painting technique from her Ndebela region, handed down through generations of women. Traditionally such large scale murals are painted on the sides of houses. Her brushes include chicken feathers, which enable her to create fine lines of paint, all of which are hand-done without any tape or straight edge guides.