Towards the end of September, I had an idea that became the centerpiece for the upcoming exhibit. It would later become “My Picture Tells A Story.” What if I had six people tell me their story, six different stories. What if I used six images on each canvas? It would be the ideal Seeing in Sixes project.
Once the concept was born, I needed six volunteers. I decided to take a chance and seek out volunteers where I work.
I received more than six volunteers. I took the first six. Johanna, Skyla, Erinn, Billy, Fekadu, and Tim brought “My Picture Tells A Story” to life.
In the beginning, six volunteers told six stories, on six separate canvases, with six images on each canvas. Each print tells a complete story.
Over seven months, Billy, Tim, Skyla, Erinn, Fekadu, and Johanna told me their very personal story. During each story session, everyone dressed, sat, spoke, and moved as they chose. They were never rehearsed, prompted, or interrupted. I never spoke. Each story took 30 to 90 minutes to tell. I took 500 to 1,500 images for each time. I then chose six in chronological order to tell their story.
From January 2019 through December 2019. Lisa, Shanae, Amanda M., Heather, Brian, Allen, Cristina, Jenny, Sue, Connie, Beverly, Jeremy, Amanda S., and Robin completed the First Twenty Stories.
The Kamala Harris Inspired series began in November of 2020. Yuqing, Harlene, Andrea, Barbara, Cora, Mary, Ethel, and Michelle each told their story of what the election of Kamala Harris to Vice President of the United States meant to each of them. There are now 28 stories that are “My Picture Tells A Story”.
I am eternally grateful to them for their trust, support, and love in this endeavor. None of this is possible without their willingness to bring “My Picture Tells A Story” to life.
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