David Wells’ “Mirror Inside Foreclosure, Providence, Rhode Island” featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction
David Wells’ “Mirror Inside Foreclosure, Providence, Rhode Island” is just one of the many amazing photographs featured in JHP’s Annual Benefit Party & Photography Auction. Read the story behind this artist’s quest.
Things They Left Behind: Wells’s Photos Of Foreclosed Homes
By Greg Cook the Artery
PROVIDENCE, R.I. A pacifier discarded on the floor. Boxes of Christmas decorations. An American flag wadded up and wedged between a towel rack and a bathroom wall.
Since 2009, David H. Wells has been recording the human cost of our Great Recession that began the year before by photographing the things people left behind when they abandoned foreclosed homes.
In the Providence photographer’s heartbreaking exhibit “Foreclosed Dreams,” organized by guest curator Viera Levitt at Yellow Peril Gallery (60 Valley St., #5, Providence, through May 12), he documents toys, credit reports, martial arts trophies and family heirlooms jettisoned in homes in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
A pile of half eaten toast lies on a plate in a kitchen in a Huntington Park, Calif. A black and white photo of a uniformed serviceman embracing a woman is tucked behind (what looks to be) an electric cord in a Providence home.
About David Wells
David Wells is a freelance publication photographer.His works has been shown at the Houston Fotofest and the Visa pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. His project on the pesticide poisoning of California Farm Workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He has won two Fulbright Scholoarships,
This year’s event will feature a photography auction of more than 35 prints donated by well-known photograpaphers.
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.