From Where We Stand Exhibit on Display through Mid-October
The Stand recently put together its first photo exhibit for this storytelling series, From Where We Stand.
What a great and rewarding experience.
It was the perfect way to display the project’s photo focus and celebrate the work of our eight participants and their mentors.
This project’s goal was to put real families behind the camera to tell their own stories. Under the direction and guidance of professional mentors, the participants’ photography skills rapidly improved, their confidence grew and, for many, a new hobby developed.
South Side resident Dale Harp worked with Mentor Bob Gates. Both spoke at the opening reception held Sept. 11 and shared what they got out of the experience. Harp said before this project, the only camera he ever used was a disposable one. “Every step of the way, Bob has been with me to teach me how to use the camera, upload photos and answer my questions,” Harp said to an audience of about 50 attendees.
Mentor Gates, a professional photographer and retired professor at Syracuse University, shared how refreshing it was to work with Harp. “In all my years of teaching, I have never had a better student,” he said. He described how excited, eager and passionate Harp was to learn.
Another theme that emerged from participants’ final photos is how black fathers do play a role in their son’s lives.
In several final images, you can see a father playfully blowing bubbles with his young son, a father supportive of his son’s dream of becoming a boxing champion and even a grandfather teaching his grandson to ride a bike. It was said best by participant Brenda Muhammad during the opening: “This project is important because it shows there are strong men supporting and raising their sons in this community.”
Participants’ final photos can be seen at the Link Gallery through mid-October, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the SU Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St. When you enter the building, take the elevator to the ground floor and you will exit the elevator into the gallery.
Tamara Reese with her mother Donna Reese during the opening reception of the From Where We Stand project held Sept. 11, 2014 at the Syracuse University Cantor Warehouse.
Dale Harp, center, with the directors of the Faith Hope Community Center during the opening reception for the From Where We Stand project held Sept. 11, 2014.
Participant Karaline Rothwell holds her son Quincy while From Where We Stand project director Ashley Kang welcomes them to the photo project's opening reception held Sept. 11, 2014.
Participant Ceikaiyia Cheeks with her mother during the From Where We Stand photo exhibit's opening reception held Sept. 11, 2014.
John Johnson, father of boxer Elijah, poses in front of Dale Harp's collection featuring an image of him and his son.
Brenda Muhammad's grandson examines his grandmother's collection, featuring two images of him, while his grandfather also looks on.
Participant Ceikaiyia Cheeks speaks about her experience in the summer-long project during the From Where We Stand opening reception held Sept. 11, 2014.