|Women, Girls & Image|
|Rebecca is interviewing women around the world for a multimedia project on the theme of how personal success and fulfillment affect women’s decisions to conform to demanding standards of beauty and image that exists in contemporary society. She has spoken to and photographed a dancer in Montreal, a novelist from Romania, an Aerialist from Mexico City, a Seattle motivational psychologist, a boxer, a gospel singer, and many others. This is an on-going body of work.|
|In recent years I have committed to working with several organizations, providing them with images that help them change lives. It is my belief that average citizens must decide to volunteer to do work that makes a difference. There is so much at stake for our world. These are 3 of the incredible organizations that I have had the honor of being a part of:|
In 2009 I began to work closely with a Seattle organization called the 4C Coalition. I am documenting their work with at-risk youth, providing the 4C with short movies that address their challenges, successes and the circumstances in our society that contribute to the issue of growing up in a culture of violence. I am also on the board of directors. I am committed to this issue and I hope that my involvement will make a difference in the dialogue. Flash 10 is required to viewa couple of the videos and can be downloaded here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. I worked closely with RESULTS in 2009 documenting their lobbying work on Capitol Hill as RESULTS volunteers met with members of Congress, exercising their incredible personal and political power by asking for effective solutions and influencing key policies that affect hunger and poverty. I continue to provide Results with photographs for their annual report, newsletters, website and print materials. My photographs of the work of local and global non-profits are all relevant to the work that RESULTS is doing in the world.Their website is http://www.results.org/
The Global Aids Alliance is dedicated to halting global HIV/AIDS and mitigating its impacts on poor countries hardest hit by the epidemic. Its core priorities are to (1) ensure universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care; (2) advance children’s well-being, with a focus on pediatric HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable children, and universal basic education; (3) accelerate women’s equality, with a focus on integrating sexual and reproductive health and HIV services and preventing violence against women and girls; and (4) secure increased financial resources and ensure they are utilized to maximize on-the-ground results. Many of my photographs can be seen on their wesbite: www.globalaidsalliance.org
|Death and Resurrection...|
|Death and Resurrection in the American West. |
This body of work is about scars. Things that are decrepit, unseemly or broken-down, emerging up and out of sacred earth - beautiful when isolated and explored without judgment or as a daily encounter. Western landscapes, vast, pure and accessible, are often breathtaking and the loveliness, drama and tranquility are universally appealing. This work is a study of places in the West that are not pristine, where people have left some mark, torn up and used the earth, or built warehouses, highways, gallows frames and strip mines.
Growing up or growing old in the American West, a person is sometimes surrounded by the open pits of a mining town, an airport runway or an abandoned highway. Such scenes are internalized and merge with the wild and natural spaces all around the edges of the decay. Broken old structures commingle with endless skies. Mountains enclose and hover almost protectively.
I am attracted to strange beauty, an aesthetic that is romantic and a little melancholy; even as I realize that a happier landscape exists just over a nearby hill. These photographs tell the story of average people in working towns building, tearing down and rebuilding. It is my story.