It made my day today to see that Wexler Wallace have revamped their website with all new portraits I did for them recently. We also had opportunity to photograph the attorneys at work. It was a great project from start to finish. We were lucky we had good weather on all of the shoot days!
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to work with Growing Home, a farm-based transitional jobs program located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The work they do is inspiring and it is such a lift every time I go down there.
I've been doing photography for them for almost 10 years now and this year they asked if I could produce a video for their fundraiser event. The video tells the story of three of their graduates. All three of them were very generous with their time and their stories. It was a wonderful project and it was especially rewarding to have the brilliant mind of April Harrington, their Development Director. Thank you Growing Home!
I've been doing photography for Literacy Works for quite a few years now. They are a wonderful Chicago organization helping people of all ages with literacy. Their Writers Circle program is one of their most unique approaches to the issue. In this short video I've tried to describe what they do and learn about the participants. Special thanks to Dan Herman who did some great B-Roll shots and assisted. And to my brother Matt Collings who provided the great motion graphics.
A great part of being a photographer is being able to work with community organizations. I love to create portraits and documentary images that help bring peoples stories to life.
I've worked with Literacy Works for over 5 years now. Once or twice a year they have a Writers' Circle group and I've been lucky to be their photographer. I have the honor of doing portraits of each of the writers for the booklet that is published with their work at the end of the class.
In the words of the Program Director, Megan Wells:
Writers’ Circle is such a special part of my role as Program Director here at Literacy Works. A few times a year I have the opportunity to facilitate Writers’ Circle, an expressive writing group with adult learners at one of our partner agencies. It is a powerful model where we learn about the craft of writing throughout our eight weeks together culminating in publishing a beautiful booklet with the support of volunteers such as the talented Andy Collings. Through this process we gain insight on writing as a social practice and see the power of storytelling to transform both the authors and the audience.
This Writers’ Circle features writers from an adult English as a Second Language (ESL) class from the Tolton Center. The workshops take place at Casa Juan Diego in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. Often the writers’ work uses the senses to hearken back to childhood memories of growing up in rural Mexico. Writers reflect on important lessons learned and we all gain something from the process.