January 12, 2012

‘Vida Verdad’ to the end

I want to express my sincere thanks for everyone’s support of the Muñoz Be1Vision Project.  The photographers appreciate all of your support and continue to be motivated to show their photography to the world.  While most people live day to day with little prospect of change, you helped make an impact towards bettering the lives of 12 people and giving them hope.

Thanks to the donations of a few fantastic people, we were able to exhibit ‘Vida Verdad’ (‘True Life’), a show of the Be1Vision photographer’s work, at two locations hosted by Project Esperanza. With the help of Laura Vladimirova and Alicia Harman of Project Esperanza and Gump Diaz of Be1Being we were able to set up over 100 photos and sell more than 20 during the opening.  Please stay tuned for online sales in the coming weeks on www.KrystleMarcellus.com.

Also, we received a review from the Dominican Today newspaper that I invite you to check out, click here to see it directly on the site.

(Left) Elias and Ismalo (far back) look at photos during the ‘Vida Verdad’ showing in Puerto Plata.  (Right) Krystle Marcellus, creator of Be1Vision, sets up for ‘Vida Verdad’ the day before the opening at Project Esperanza’s Art Shop in Puerto Plata.

(L-R) Majorie, Ismalo, Clistofel, Fraco, Nancie, Eria, Dalina and Elias show their Be1Vision Certificates of Completion after working for 6 weeks in the Intro to Photography course during the ‘Vida Verdad’ opening in Puerto Plata.
 
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The second showing of ‘Vida Verdad’  was held the following week in Project Esperanza’s La Grua Batey location (the neighboring batey of where the classes were held).  Many members of the community were able to see images of their family and friends as well as see conditions in different bateys from a unique perspective. Having the ‘Vida Verdad’ exhibition gave community members the opportunity to see a project through to completion and it will be continued as the work stays on display for 2 months more.

Both shows were a great success.  Please stay tuned for online sales in the coming weeks on www.KrystleMarcellus.com and thanks again for your support.

 
 
         
 
(Top) Residents of the La Grua community look at photos displayed outside of the Project Esperanza art shop in Muñoz. (bottom left) Caitlin McHale, director of Project Esperanza translates the meaning of the ‘Vida Verdad’ project into Haitian Creole for community members. (bottom right) Residents look with excitement at photos of their neighbors, friends and family.
December 13, 2011

Elias Saintus, Class Assistant

Elias Saintus has been working hard assisting with teaching classes, collecting materials and keeping the second group of students together.  He has excelled in understand photographic principles and I have great hope for his work in the future. Please see his original profile from the first class to refresh your memory.

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December 13, 2011

Vilsaint Petit Firere

My name is Vilsaint Petit Firere. I am 24 years old.  I like basketball.

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December 13, 2011

Fraco Adamen

Fraco Adamen

(While Fraco didn’t write his statement, I can say a few words on his behalf)

Fraco works as a motocontrol (a motorcycle taxi driver common in the DR) in the Puerto Plata area. He lives in Muñoz with a daughter and wife.  He knows a bit of a few languages and loves to joke around.

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December 13, 2011

Ismalo (Ismylove) Joseph

My name is Ismalo. The most important thing in my life is my child. I like computer science and I like computer related work.

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December 13, 2011

Final Projects: Altagracia (Samantha) Javier

Altagracia (Samantha) Javier

My name is Altagracia. I am 27 years old. I like to work. The most important thing in my life are my children and my family. In the future, I would like to be a Stylist.

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December 12, 2011

Assignment 3: Work Hard

Assignment 3 was this group’s last chance to shoot for their vision.  Many of them were unable to attend ckass, but my first group of students had been in attendance continually through most of the second group’s classes.  I decided to give them cameras for one last chance, to see what they could do.  I really appreciate their dedication to the program and am continually inspired by their work.  So Samantha stayed on and the rest will have to work with what they have shot already for their final stories because I believe that hard work should be rewarded.

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Clistofel

Dalina

 

Elias

Majorie

Nancie

Samantha (Altagracia)

 

December 12, 2011

Assignment 2: True Life

It’s been an interesting transition from Group 1 to 2.  Very different dynamics in personality and in people’s lives in general.  Many of my students are working regularly and have a bit of different lifestyle than those in Group 1.  This adds to a different energy in their photographs and in the classroom as well.  They have picked up the photographic elements very naturally and are pushing through in their short time, but they do not show the passion that group 1 had in the classroom.  But they give good results.

Flaco

Ismylove

Samantha (Altagracia)

Vilsaint

________Returning Students _______________

Elias

Nancie

December 4, 2011

Assignment 1: Look for the Light

Look for the Light.  If you practice this rule in your photography, I can guarantee your work will be better. I’d bet $5 on it. Knowing good light and shooting for it is what will take your work to the next step.  It is how you view the world.  Do you see objects, colors, shapes or light first?  They all make up photography, but I have spent many years training myself to see the light first and it the backbone of my photography.  I pass this lesson on to all of my students first.  Without the light, there would be no photo.

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Flaco

     

Ismylove

        

Samantha

      

Vilsaint

      

________Returning Students___________

Majorie

        

Elias

        

December 4, 2011

Meet the new photogs

Group 2 started early last week and they hit the ground running, with just 2 weeks before the show.  I suspect the 1st group is sharing some info, because some of their composition was fantastic from the get go. Due to his outstanding work, I chose Elias to stay on as my assistant and to continue shooting.  I am also rotating one camera to Group 1 photogs to build more work. So here they are and stay keep watch for their assignments.

We’re prepping now for Vida Verdad, an exposition of all 10 Be1 Vision photographers work, showing at Project Esperanza in Puerto Plata on December 10th and in the batey location on December 13th.  So if you’re in the area, make sure to stop in and contact me if you have any questions.

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