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I’m excited to announce a new hurricane-relief art project called “Resilient Light” to you today. I, along with the help of a 6-person crew, shot this project from September 27-October 1st. The idea was kind of a love letter of sorts to ALL the people who have suffered this hurricane season. For the first 2 weeks, I was just so overwhelmed by it all. Hurricane Harvey felt SO large and SO damaging. It was paralyzing. It seemed like the only people who could help was the massive organizations like the Red Cross. It didn’t seem as though individuals could do much to help.
Then came Irma, then Maria… I knew I had to at least try something. So I had the thought "is it possible to turn scenes of devastation into a vessel to help the devastated?”. Could I temporarily turn these horrific scenes of loss into a fine art approach that somehow flipped the loss into a gain? Could 100% of print sales go back to the communities I photograph? Worth a shot.
So I decided to photograph the devastation in a new way, at night, super colorful and vivid, with messages of hope projected in front of them. Everything about these photos was captured in camera, even the messages. The messages were all handwritten by my friend @cadenceet on the #iPadPro in an app called #Procreate. My assistant @ondrace would walk through the frame on a 30-second shutter speed and project the messages with a #pixelstick and then the rest of the crew would light the scenes with 3-4 color gelled @Profoto B1 strobes.
The result? “Resilient Light”. The words “resilient light” are referring to the people. Every single person we talked to was so inspiring. They overwhelmed us with their hope and desire to help others in their own time of need. It was incredible. But even though they’re resilient, the biggest thing I learned was YES, our help is needed. Your help is needed. Individuals can make a huge impact in addition to the huge organizations. Every single person was so thankful we were there to help shine a light on their needs.
To learn more, please visit resilientlight.com. 100% of proceeds from the print sales of this project will be going back to the communit