On the Ground February 4, 2016
Turning challenges into opportunities.
The Project Exposure website has a updated look and layout!
Photographer takes the initiative to use his talents for the good of people in Cambodia.
The exhibit in Denver was a great success and now it’s time to take the show on the road!
Project Exposure and Vertigo Gallery will open the doors to the public this Friday from 6-9PM and all are welcome!
EXPOSURE 2012 featured on local TV show!
Project Exposure launches EXPOSURE 2012 Friday September 21st!
Project Exposure is featured in the September issue of Shutterbug Magazine on newsstands now!
So often a person’s perspective of another culture is formed by what they get from the media and until they have firsthand knowledge that suffices for "understanding." But when we get to know people on a one to one basis like Ben and Julie are doing this week, you find that those perceptions are often times misinformed.
Waking up early with anticipation, as I’ve done every morning this week, I’m delighted to see how this project is progressing. As I’ve said before, the role of Project Exposure is to create a long lasting collaboration between a photographer and a non profit.
Looking at the video Ben posted yesterday and the blog post from Julie solidifies exactly what we’re trying to do with Project Exposure. The weather may not always be perfect but despite that life goes on for these women.
Here’s what Ben and Julie planned to accomplish today, March 20th, in Guatemala…
All of us Project Exposure wish the team of Julie Malmberg of Friendship Bridge and photographer Ben Rasmussen good luck as they embark on their journey to Guatemala today.
All the loose ends are coming together and we’re working to make this website as interactive and informative as possible during the Friendship Bridge/Ben Rasmussen shoot in Guatemala starting Monday March 19, 2012.
We’re happy to announce that the project with Friendship Bridge is back on schedule after a delay due to catastrophic weather conditions forced us to postpone the shoot in November. Now that the region and Friendship Bridge has had a chance to recover from the series of storms that made roads impassable and travel nearly impossible, we’re preparing for the shoot this March.
With the project start date less than a week away we got this message earlier today via our partners at Friendship Bridge:
Ben came to my attention when I was researching photographers for inclusion in the Design for the Other 90% exhibit that Project Exposure was a part of this past summer. His ability to work with sensitivity in challenging locations was evident in his photographs of the traditional whale kill in the Faroe Islands, the long running conflict in the southern Philippines, the remote Wakhan Corridor in Northeastern Afghanistan and the small town of Chugwater, Wyoming, all of which were featured in the exhibit.
Project Exposure has awarded Friendship Bridge a grant to photograph their micro finance projects in Guatemala. After reviewing several grant proposals, Project Exposure awarded this year’s grant to Friendship Bridge for their unique approach to micro finance and their desire to communicate that approach more effectively through photography.
Project Exposure in collaboration with Design for the Other 90%, International Development Enterprises (IDE) and Redline Gallery presents an evening with Ben Rasmussen Thursday September 8th 7-9PM. Ben will discuss his work from around the globe as the fourth in a four part artists series highlighting the work of notable local photographers whose work was chosen by Project Exposure as a way to humanize the Design for the Other 90% exhibit and “put a face on the Other 90%”.
Beth Wald is one of four Colorado photographers selected by Project Exposure to take part in a unique collaboration between Project Exposure, Design for the other 90% and Redline Gallery. Her work along with three other photographers is projected on the walls of the exhibit as a way to “put a face” on the “other 90%”. In addition, she will be presenting her TB project for the dZi Foundation at Redline Gallery on Thursday July 28th 7-9PM. There will also be a panel discussion about global health and how artists like Beth use their talent to illuminate the issues and solutions.
Project Exposure in collaboration with Redline Gallery, Design for the Other 90% and International Development Enterprises (IDE) presents the work of photographer James Chance, the first in a four part artist presentation series highlighting the issues of shelter, health, water and transportation.
Project Exposure has assembled four notable Colorado photographers, Tim Ryan, James Chance, Beth Wald and Ben Rasmussen, to present their work at Redline Gallery during the Design for the Other 90% exhibit, July 8th to September 25th, 2011.
Project Exposure is proud to announce a collaboration with Redline Gallery and IDE that showcases the photography of four photographers during the exhibition, Design for the Other 90%, running July 8th to September 23rd, 2011.
Bolivia has long been one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with an average annual income in rural areas of just US $150. Bolivia also has the largest proportion of indigenous people, comprising about two-thirds of the total population. According to Bolivian government-supplied statistics, the percentage of people with access to safe water is only 68%.
So much of the imagery associated with development work focuses on the problem and not on the solution. But often times the solution is a much more powerful image, as this photograph demonstrates.
For most of us the act of washing clothes is a pretty easy task given the machines we have that do nearly all the work for us. But for many people in the Cuchumuela district of Bolivia that simple act is a time consuming burden where access to water for washing clothes usually means walking long distances to a nearby stream or hauling jugs weighing up to 40 pounds back to your home.
Lajas is a small remote Bolivian village where the people live simply and close to the land. Water access has always been a challenge so collectively they decided to change that.
One of our days in Bolivia included shooting stills and video of a local entrepreneur harvesting mushrooms near the small village of Villa Victoria in the district of Cuchumuela. The village has a fairly sophisticated water delivery and monitoring system that allocates water for pine seedling growth that they plant in a nearby forest.
I’ve just returned from a multi week assignment in Bolivia shooting stills and video for a non profit client’s annual report. We were based in the Cuchemuela district about an hour’s drive from Cochabamba near the majority of the projects they have in operation. With a team that consisted of a creative director, marketing director, writer, translators, drivers, local ngo liason’s, government officials and myself, we packed into two SUV’s everyday with the goal of telling the story of how my client works to ensure that everyone has access to water and sanitation in this region.
In this video, photographer and Moving Walls exhibition co-curator Susan Meiselas discusses documentary photography’s potential to connect and move audiences by “expanding the circle of knowledge” about human rights and social justice issues.
Here’s another great resource for photographers and NGO’s. PhotoPhilanthropy has a goal and mission similar to Project Exposure but a different way of going about it.
We’re always looking for ways to give voice and eyes to our non profit partners and this is one that caught my eye.
This past June I came across an article in Photo District News about an organization called African Lens. Their approach is to use high quality content from various contributors in order to paint a different picture of Africa and it’s people.
Looking back on my travels this past summer in Morocco, I’m struck by the similarities between that nation and others I’ve visited in regards to water.
Finally, we’re ready to get things started at Project Exposure. We’ve secured our 501c3 status, rolled out the revised website and we’re ready for you to send in an application if you’re a photographer or non-profit.
For those of you who’ve been waiting for this blog to begin, well the wait is over. Even though the IRS has yet to respond to our 501c3 application I feel confident we’ll get the approval and can begin our mission early 2010! Stay tuned…