Thursday, August 18, 2016
I wanted the idea of this project to be the daily happenings of school, with a focus on the teachers. As a "veteran" teacher...man, I don't like that term, I have read a lot of bad press about teachers over the years. The public loves to vilify us. Well, the public loves to vilify public figures in general, but the vast majority of stories you see about teachers are negative, or so it seems. Sadly, controversy sells. I also wanted the project to be real. As much as I could legally do it, I wanted to show not only the positive things that occur on a daily basis, but the challenges we sometimes face...crowded halls, copier failures (oh so many), the occasional technology hiccups, graffiti, etc. There was some controversy about this. Some people were initially upset when I showed these things, saying we didn't need to show the negative parts of school...I was very hurt by this and it made me want to stop. I hadn't started the project to upset people, I wanted it to be a positive thing. I decided to reach out to those individuals and explain my purpose to them, and it was okay. And so it continued. In full disclosure, I did miss a day or two. There was the day when I was so tired one morning that I forgot to put the memory card in my camera...and the day I did the same with my battery. There was the one day where I was so busy teaching and shuffling between class and meetings that I had no time to take a picture. Overall, I ended up with about 1500 photos. And now...what do I do with them? As it turns out, they're going to be a show.
So, here is my appeal. I can't share the candidates for the show, because, to add an element of surprise to the show, we are keeping them under wraps, but I will share some others here. I am also asking for help in funding my endeavor to bring this project to others. I have launched an Indiegogo campaign called 180 Days to help fund the costs of bringing this show to fruition.
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Cara Walton is a purely accidental artist. She teaches high school students World History and likes to take pictures. Photography and art help her to stay sane in dealing with the day-to-day stress of her job and life in general.
She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, daughter, two cats, and an obscene amount of Star Wars toys and other geeky items.
She mostly likes to take pictures of things that are in various states of decay. The history teacher in her likes to imagine the story behind what she is photographing, imagining the story of what used to be. She has also done several 365 self-portrait projects to force herself to be in front of the camera, instead of just behind it.
Cara has had photography displayed in various venues in Harrisonburg including Larkin Arts, Spitzer Art Center, Clementine, The Arts Council, Pure Eats, Ice House Studios, The Lady Jane, Three Notch’d, and The Artful Dodger. She was awarded an Advancing the Arts Grant from the Arts Council of the Valley in 2014 and recently had work accepted in juried competitions at the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center in Waynesboro, the 1650 gallery in Los Angeles CA, and ArtSpace in Richmond, VA. Her work was also included in a digital display in the Louvre in Paris as part of the opening reception of the Exposure Awards 2015.