What do you think of when you think of ‘family’?
This was one of the first questions posed to a group of 20-40 years old sitting in the United Way’s board room three months ago. We all had slightly different answers, and over the course of our time with the Urban Exposure Project, we have all told different stories. It was a great honour to be a part of this project, which cumulated last Wednesday, July 4th with a photography exhibit at Studio 122.
Over three months we met weekly (if not more) and learned though in person visits and presentations about issues facing Calgarians, with a special focus on family. Our travels took us to the Genesis Centre, Discovery House, Community Links in Airdrie, and many other great local organizations. We documented our journey, both physical and mental/emotional through our camera lenses.
While I cannot speak for my fellow participants, I think that it is safe to say that we all learned a lot, and are grateful for this truly meaningful experience. This project taught me things I did not know were there to learn, and brought me on an emotional journey that was certainly outside of my comfort zone. We were all both nervous and excited about having our photos shown (and for sale!) in a gallery – and I could not be prouder of how well the exhibit turned out. It is truly great what a small group of people can do when they allow their creativity to flow!
Read a great blog post about the project and exhibit here.