Camera Therapy: How Photography Gave Me Hope Again

 

October 30, 2015 – by Jackie Augustine

At JHP we know that first hand that the “power photography” can change lives. We believe that by providing a creative platform to the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, homeless and the visually impaired populations, it  inspires and enable individuals to channel their energy in an open and expressive way. No longer are they labeled by their disability but they are enabled by their ability to connect to and capture the world around them through photography.  It’s what we’ve been doing for 74 years!

But I was so moved by Shaun’s  story from dPS, Digital Photography School (digital-photography-school.com) that I wanted to share this story with our readers.  Shaun was in a serious traffic accident that left him in a coma for several weeks and unable to walk or use his left arm and  the last 2 years of his life have largely been spent for me in hospital or rehabilitation centres. Here’s his story:

“Photography has given me dreams for the future”

The following is by a dPS reader – Shaun. It started as an email to me from him – however it was so powerful that I convinced him to allow us to publish it as a post. I hope that he might also one day let me convince him to share some of his photos too! Please Share this! – Darren

Shaun’s Story

In June of 2009 I was involved in a serious traffic accident that left me in a coma for several weeks and unable to walk or use my left arm. The list of injuries I have are longer than I can include here and so the last 2 years of my life have largely been spent for me in hospital or rehabilitation centres.

Much of my past life is a distant memory – things I used to take for granted and do without thinking take hours of effort to achieve, friendships have changed as I’ve become reliant upon others to survive and for a long time I lived without much hope. Depression became a state I lived in 24/7.

Camera Therapy

Around 6 months ago, and as part of my rehabilitation, my therapist suggested that I try to introduce something creative into my life. I think he was just trying to get me to think of something outside of my situation. He suggested painting but also mentioned in passing another patient who had taken up photography.

Being a techy guy (in my past life) I liked the idea of getting a camera and after a lot of research purchased a small four thirds format camera (a Panasonic GF1). I wanted a DSLR but due to their size and my limited movement (I do everything with one hand) I went for a lighter and smaller camera.

I also spent a heap of time on your website since buying the camera. I’ve not taken photos before but dPS has taught me a lot!

Over the last 6 months my life has changed a lot. Physically I’m improving a little – although still live life in a wheelchair and am very restricted in my movement – but emotionally I’m a different guy and much of it is a result of photography.

My Photographic Challenges

 

There are a lot of challenges to take a simple photo for me. For example:

    • Getting to a location to photograph can be tough – I like street photography and landscapes and much of my life is confined to my small apartment or rehab centres.
    • Keeping my camera still – I ended up getting a small Tripod attachment welded by a friend to my wheelchair which has helped me a lot. Now my camera is in front of me any time I’m in my chair. I’ve since found purpose made mounts for wheelchairs and have just ordered one (the Mount Mover) – this will also enable me to consider a DSLR.
    • Just taking a shot – when I’m out with other photographers I notice that they are able to take a lot of shots from different angles and compositions that I’m not able to get.

How Photography Gives Me Hope

However despite the challenges photography has made me feel alive again. It has become a very therapeutic thing.

    • It gives me something to think about that is not related to my pain or injuries.
    • It gives me motivation to get well again.
    • It takes me out of sitting alone in my apartment.
    • It has given me dreams for the future.
    • It has given me a social interaction with other photographers (online and in real life).

My photos are not as technically brilliant as many of your authors – but that’s not what photography is about for me. For me it is a part of getting well and celebrating life, something I never thought I’d do again

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JHP Volunteer Voices: Looking Back at Photoville 2015

Looking Back on Photoville 2015

By Ariel Alyce Bornstein

As the chill of late October portends the winter frost, I’m looking back to a summery September Sunday, when I attended Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Photoville exhibition as a volunteer for the Josephine Herrick Project.

Being a new volunteer and a first-time Photoville goer, I felt slightly uncertain walking through the long rows of corrugated shipping containers, each one bursting with light and color from the displays set up inside. Upon reaching container #47, Maureen McNeil’s friendly face welcomed me into the booth, which was decked out in all things JHP.

On the left wall, tacked up with knobby magnets, a perfect grid of prints represented student works from JHP-lead programs. Facing opposite was a selection of professional works from several of JHP’s volunteer instructors. On the back wall of the much-deeper-than-it-looked container, an informational poster with Josephine Herrick’s formidable image held court between the two separate displays. The layout was very effective and almost seemed like an allusion to the charitable actions Josephine took towards bringing quality photography instruction to “communities without a voice”.

Settling in, I joined Maureen in providing info and insight on the foundation to the well-heeled hipsters, late-summer tourists and old school New Yorkers who browsed airily through the exhibits. It was inspiring to see the genuine interest visitors had in JHP’s mission! Many expressed a desire to learn more about the foundation and ways to become involved.

Throughout my volunteer shift, one particular student work continued to catch my eye and interest. Against a plain backdrop, a grey-weathered veteran peered up with a playful Mona Lisa smile, his bohemian beads unhidden from beneath the forest green work shirt that matched his military cap. His benevolent eyes trailed my movements in and around the container, reminding me of the servicemen who inspired Josephine to begin this project 75 years ago.

As the afternoon cooled, a gusty rain whooshed in from the water, bringing new spectators to our container. Herding them in, we brought their attention to the displays and showed off the glossy photo-books from past programs. The atmosphere was festive as rows filled up on the sign-in mailing list and piles of postcards flattened towards the table.

A brief lull in the rain brought my volunteering shift to an end. I returned to Manhattan feeling shiny and inspired by the kindness and incredible sincerity of our Photoville booth visitors.

Thank you so much to Maureen and the entire JHP team for giving me the opportunity to volunteer and report on such a remarkable event!

– Ariel Alyce is an NYC-based writer.

 

JHP Program Coordinator with dedicated teaching volunteers Susan and Romina.

Isadora, JHP volunteer videographer, standing and smiling with her Photoville print!

The participant wall at JHP. Photos shown here were captured during one of the 2014 JHP programs in the NYC community.

Visit JHP at Photo Plus Expo at Booth# 1068!!

       

October 21, 2105

Please stop by the JHP booth #1068 at Photo Plus Expo.  Learn more about our mission “Enhancing Lives Through Photography.”  Meet our team, our staff members led by Maureen McNeil our Executive Director, our Board Members, our volunteer photographers and other volunteers and supporters.

Over 100 conference seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes to feature the latest techniques and trends for photographers, filmmakers and digital imaging specialists over four days

Click here for more information about Photo Plus Expo

http://www.photoplusexpo.com/

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Great instructors and educators are ones who bring inspiration and innovative thinking to learning while making the overall process entertaining and fun.  Attendees to this year’s PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City at the Javits Center (October 21-24) can expect to experience a new and exciting dimension in learning.  PDN has officially announced its PhotoPlus conference program with more than 100 seminars, Photo Walks, and Master Classes scheduled, where attendees are certain to find specific topics to help them take their photographic and business skills to the next level. Seminars will be led by a team of world class photographers and educators including Sue Bryce, Lara Jade, Jay Maisel, and Art Streiber as well as future legends such as Victoria Will and Nancy Borowick, among many others.This year, conference seminars will span a broad spectrum of subjects in eight educational tracks including Lighting, Portraiture, Wedding & Events, Commercial, Editorial & Photojournalism, Filmmaking, Business & Marketing and Post-production.

“Every seminar at PhotoPlus is designed to help photographers and filmmakers get better at what they do, and give them the tools to grow their business and their creative expertise,” explains Jason Groupp, Director of Education and Membership for the PHOTO+ Group. “Whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, the seminars at PhotoPlus offer programs for your skillset in an environment that is fun, thought-provoking, and inspirational. We also offer several seminar formats including intimate classroom settings, and outside, hands-on learning labs using New York City as a backdrop.”

Attendees have several conference pass options to suit their schedules and budgets including a Full Conference Pass with access to all conference seminars over four days; a One Day Conference Pass with access to all conference seminars on a single day they choose; and A la Carte seminars, which may be purchased individually. Additionally, small group Photo Walks, and intimate Master Classes, led by some of the industry’s best photographers and educators, will add greater variety to the educational experience at PhotoPlus.

New – Young Adult Pass
The new PhotoPlus Young Adult Pass qualifies anyone between the ages of 17 and 25 to experience the PhotoPlus Conference + Expo at new, lower prices than ever before. The Conference + Expo offer an all-inclusive learning experience for emerging pros, students and young adults interested in learning more about the art and craft of photography and the tools needed to pursue a career in the photo industry. All registration and pricing options are available at PhotoPlusExpo.com.

A Selection of Seminars for PhotoPlus Expo 2015 (full list available online)

“A Photographer, an Editor, and the Making of a Personal Project”Nancy Borowick/James Estrin
Thursday, October 222:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Nancy Borowick was busy hustling as a New York City-based freelance photographer when she learned her father had stage-4 pancreatic cancer. Her mother was already in treatment for stage-4 breast cancer so, with that news, she immediately knew that she needed to be with her parents to tell their story. Thus began her long-term personal project, “Cancer Family, Ongoing.” The New York Times soon asked to showcase the project, and it was then that everything changed.

In this session, Borowick speaks about her process in developing such a personal project, the lessons she learned, the things she wished she knew along the way and her strategy in taking this project public and into published realms. She will share the stage with James Estrin, New York Times photographer and a founder of the New York Times Lens blog. Attendees will learn how the collaboration between photographer and editor took a project from a work-in-progress to an award-winning, internationally recognized essay.

“Portraits Under Pressure”Victoria Will
Thursday, October 222:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Portrait and commercial photographer Victoria Will discusses her techniques for reading and shaping light for any type of portrait. Accustomed to working under tight time constraints, Victoria will share some of her secrets for working quickly on location or in the studio and talk about how to deal with clients in tricky situations while still getting what you need. “I had an assignment to photograph Justin Bieber. When it was all said and done—58 seconds after it had begun—I had shot him in two lighting setups and had 22 frames to show for it.” With a career that began in photojournalism, Victoria has made the transition from editorial to commercial seamlessly and is passionate about sharing her journey and the importance of being your own advocate.

“How to Publish Your Photo Book”Holly Hughes, Sponsored by PDN
Friday, October 2310:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Photographers have many options today for publishing their work in book form. In this informative seminar, a panel of publishing veterans will cover the key steps from putting together an effective proposal, effectively packaging a book project, and marketing the book to readers. Photographers will learn how to evaluate the potential costs and benefits of working with a book publisher versus self-publishing. Other topics include how book publishers evaluate pitches, how to think like a publisher, what distinguishes good contracts from bad ones, and the role agents, writers, funders and publicists can play in helping published photographers achieve their goals.

Martin Schoeller: Up Close”Martin Schoeller, Sponsored by Phase One
Friday, October 232:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Renowned portrait photographer Martin Schoeller knows how to make a globally recognized face captivate viewers anew—as if seen for the first time. Whether they are world leaders, Hollywood stars, business entrepreneurs, or music royalty, Schoeller’s mesmerizing portraits are as daring as they are exacting, playful, and precise. Martin is honored to be speaking at the PhotoPlus Expo where he’ll be walking audiences through his 15-year career in portrait photography from photo school to present day. He’ll share some of his biggest influences, best and worst experiences, how he juggles editorial, fine art, and advertising work, and how he sees the future of the photographic medium.

“Luxurious Light”Jerry Ghionis
Saturday, October 2410:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.
WPPI’s Grand Master and most awarded photographer, Jerry Ghionis, will share his favorite lighting techniques to flatter any subject and will show you how to shoot in full sun. He’ll also demonstrate how to make on-camera flash look natural and three-dimensional to simplify your approach to church and reception lighting. As always, Ghionis will share some of his latest images and influential albums that guarantee to inspire, challenge and educate.

“Vulnerability, Authenticity, and Lessons Learned from a Viral Video”Ben Moon, Sponsored by Sony
Saturday, October 2410:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Creating content that is meaningful and authentic will resonate with both an audience and clients but requires a level of vulnerability and curiosity. Ben Moon will offer insights on the strategies and vulnerability involved in the production of the viral film Denali and how those lessons have carried forward today. Highlighting his involvement with a wide range of commercial clients during his 15-year career photographing adventure, music, lifestyle and portraiture, Moon will also teach you how to sustain your business and creativity amid a rapidly changing photo climate.

VIP Expo Pass – Limited Quantity
Attendees are encouraged to upgrade their experience at PhotoPlus with a VIP Expo Pass. In addition to a 3-day pass to PhotoPlus Expo, VIP Expo Pass holders will also get exclusive opportunities and privileges for the duration of the expo including priority admission and seating at all keynote presentations, admission to the Thursday night private PhotoPlus Bash at the exclusive 250 Fifth Ave. penthouse nightclub and lounge, instant badge pick-up at the VIP Customer Service Desk to allow for more time on the expo floor, and the Official PhotoPlus Expo VIP Bag packed with special promotions from a variety of exhibitors with over 100 containing a special Golden Ticket redeemable for special prizes valued up to $500.  Photo gear, gift cards, and other prizes from B&H Photo, Lomography, The International Center of Photography, Lucie Foundation, among others can be yours if you’re holding a Golden Ticket.

For more information and frequent updates, visit the PhotoPlus website, become a fan on Facebook, or follow PhotoPlus on Twitter.

Website: http://www.photoplusexpo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/photoplusexpo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/photoplusexpo

About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services — all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

SOURCE PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Time is running out….Buy your ticket to the JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction today!

 
  © Douglas Kirkland

Douglas Kirkland’s iconic John Lennon, 1966 featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

Still time to buy a ticket to the Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction www.jhproject.org/benefit

 

View our auction online today to see the amazing photos and make a bid:

Click to view online auction open now at Paddle 8:  JHP Paddle 8 Auction

 

About “John Lennon, 1966” photograph

Archival pigment print
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Framed
Open Edition
Courtesy of Douglas Kirkland
Signed
Estimate $2,000

 

About Douglas Kirkland

 
Douglas Kirkland (b. 1934) is a prominent photographer based in the United States. At age twenty-four, Kirkland was hired as a staff photographer for Look magazine and became famous for his 1961 photos of Marilyn Monroe taken for Look’s 25th anniversary issue. He later joined the staff of Life magazine.
JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

The Josephine Herrick Project is a nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

 

 

 

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Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.’s “St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to view online auction open now at Paddle 8:  JHP Paddle 8 Auction

 

About “St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, LA

This “arresting” print would make a wonderful addition to your photography collection.It is a cyanotype print from 2015. It measures 8″ x 11.5″.  Valued at $800.

 

About Robert A. Schaefer, Jr.

Robert A. Schaefer Jr. was born in the teeny, tiny town of Cullman, Alabama which is between Birmingham and Huntsville. In 1975 he received his BA of Architecture Degree from Auburn University. Then he moved to Munich, Germany where he studied photography, architecture and theatre at the Technische Universitaet in Munich and graduated in 1978 with a MA of Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur Architekt). During this time he became a part of the Joerg Walter Koch Gallery in Munich and the Ufficio dell Arte Gallery in Paris, France where his photography was put into the permanent collection of the Bibliotheque Nationale. http://www.schaeferphoto.com/biography/

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

The Josephine Herrick Project is a nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.

LIVE on Paddle 8! Josephine Herrick Project Online Auction!

Click here to view:  JHP Paddle 8 Auction

 

Here’s your chance to preview an array of amazing photographs that have been donated to JHP by very generous professional photographers who help JHP serve underserved populations.  Bid now and bid often before our event on October 19th!

Proceeds from this photography auction support 74 years of free photography programs aimed at enhancing the lives of Americans impacted by poverty or disabilities. Featuring works by Man Ray, Michael Kenna, Robert Farber, and Marion Post Wolcott.

The focal point of the evening on October 19th will center on its live (and online) auction of original photographs from some of the world’s most notable and legendary photographers. Proceeds from the auction represent approximately 25% of the organization’s operating budget to continue funding education programs for adults and children nationwide. The list of photographers who have donated prints to the auction are a venerable who’s who in the world of photography including Robert Farber, Michael Kenna, Marion Post Wolcott and Douglas Kirkland. In cooperation with Paddle8, a New York-based auction house, art lovers around the world will be able to bid on their favorite photographs online.

 

Nick Vedros’ “Cubist Poodle” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

 

 

 

 

 

© Nick Vedros

About “Cubist Poodle” Print

This “eye-catching” print would make a wonderful addition to your photography collection.It is a digital print from 2000. It measures 24″ x 17″.  Valued at $1,200.

 

About Nick Vedros

Nick Vedros graduated with a degree in photo journalism from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism. For more than three decades, Nick Vedros has been producing award winning work for his many clients. Although he is extremely proud of his past accomplishments, (such as helping BBDO win a Grand Effie for their Apple Powerbook campaign, being named studio of the year by American Photography magazine and being selected twice as one of the Archive International Top 200 Advertising Photographers),

 

JHP Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction

This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photographers.

Proceeds from the Benefit Party and Photography Auction will support Josephine Herrick Project programs. The upcoming Benefit Party and Auction is another excellent opportunity for the community to support arts education for veterans, youth impacted by poverty and all communities in the tri-state area. To purchase tickets, please follow this link: www.jhproject.org/benefit. 

 

About the Josephine Herrick Project

The Josephine Herrick Project is a nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.