BRIGET GANSKE

I am a Virginia-based photographer and filmmaker.

I create visual stories for publications, organizations, and individuals.

What drives my work is the desire to create meaningful stories that educate, inspire, and connect us to one another.

bganske@gmail.com
804.221.8329

Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 18, 2014

Meditation

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

How to do show young people what mediation is? Here’s a video I made for St. Stephen’s youth program that demonstrates in a humorous way the experience of meditation–recognizing the storm inside us and then, hopefully, watching it pass.

Community

Posted on Nov 12, 2014

Here is the fourth in a series of four videos I’ve filmed and produced for Sabot at Stony Point, an independent school for students in preschool through eighth grade. (See other Sabot videos here.)

It’s been a real honor and pleasure documenting the classrooms and the community at Sabot. I’ve been reminded how each person comes to the learning in his or her own way, how everyone has distinct talents and strengths, and how much we can accomplish if we work together. From this, I feel especially  inspired to explore and experiment with new ways of filming and editing and to collaborate more with other people.

Thank you, Sabot, for embracing me into your community!

Upcoming Screenings

Posted on Oct 28, 2014

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:

Republica Dominicana

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

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.

Learning for Understanding

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

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.

Music Video!

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

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.

1 Month

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

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:

esther mahlangu

Posted on Sep 18, 2014

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.

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SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)

Posted on Sep 12, 2014

I just finished two videos for Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). SCAN does amazing work in Richmond–from prevention to advocacy to treatment for children and families affected by child abuse and neglect.

The most challenging aspect of this project was figuring out how to show SCAN’s work visually, since due to legal reasons I could not show children and families receiving SCAN’s help. I had to think a bit more abstractly: what does fear at home feel like? Maybe a closing door at the end of a dark hallway. Or a happy childhood? The freedom of swinging in the summertime.

The first video is an intro to SCAN’s work and mission. The second is a more in-depth look at SCAN’s five programs: