Art & Soul Dreams
I was selected as a featured photographer for the 2017 Art & Soul Dreams travelling photography exhibit in the Detroit area.
"Art & Soul is an all volunteer non-profit dedicated to connecting families to children in the Michigan foster care and adoption system"
Check out Art & Soul Dreams for details on the foster care system in Michigan, past exhibitions, and how you can get involved.
In August 2017 I began the process of selecting images for my first solo show at The Conserva in Ferndale, Michigan. Photographer and artist Janna Coumoundouros (Lilacpop Studio) hosts a different local artist for each month-long exhibition in the beautiful space in downtown Ferndale. Janna approached me about doing a show of my box camera portraits as well as some film-based photography. Thanks to the many people who came out for the opening, stopped in during the month-long show, or purchased a photo from the exhibit.
Images of mine were chosen to be a part of the first two ESPRESS/photO exhibitions displayed at Urban Bean Co. coffee shop in downtown Detroit in November 2017 and April 2018. Thanks to Suraj Bhamra and Sal Rodriguez for including me in these amazing shows.
“ESPRESS/photO is a locally curated photography exhibition in Detroit, Michigan. This exhibition aims to feature photographers actively shooting in the Detroit area”
In November 2017 I was invited to be a guest artist at the Excel Photography program in the Hope Village neighborhood in Detroit. The photographers and artists that work with the program are nurturing creativity and teaching photography to 5th-8th graders in the community. Seeing the kids' eyes light up at the sight of their box camera portraits and sharing my love of analog photography with them was an amazing experience.
Focus: On Detroit Photography Festival
The first ever outdoor photography festival in Detroit was hosted by Focus Hope on September 15th, 2018. I was honored to be invited to give an artist talk and photo demonstration to bring Afghan Box Camera photography to photo enthusiasts and community members of the Hope Village neighborhood in Detroit. The “demonstration” turned into three hours of shooting portraits for attendees. Good times.