About the Exhibition
“Images of Perseverance” was inspired by two things: the televised address by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and a Facebook comment; “Wasn’t it amazing to see a thoughtful, carefully worded speech?”
It was amazing. It was uplifting. It was comforting. And it was realistic.
It was exactly what needed to be said, and even though it came from the leader of another country, it is applicable for us in America.
Things are difficult and they are going to continue to be difficult. What it will take is time and perseverance to overcome. COVID-19 and the restrictions in place to contain it are having a major impact on our lives and livelihoods. Many are saying society may never be the same. It may not. We won’t know until we get on the other side of this outbreak.
We’re from a culture that does things. We handle situations by taking action. It is ingrained in the American spirit. The hardest thing for us to do is to wait, to keep still, so that others can do their jobs to help those in need.
I have been lucky. Most of my immediate family is able to telework. I have extended family, friends, and neighbors who are essential workers, who go out there every day. I worry about each of them, hope that they are well, and stay safe.
I try to take solace in that I am doing my part. Keeping at least 6 feet away from anyone outside my household. Staying home except for essential needs. Wearing PPE when I do have to leave the house or neighborhood for those essential trips.
The photographers in this exhibition have been documenting what they are doing and seeing as they do the same- go about their daily lives and take precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Each has their own unique perspective and vision. Some focus on the things we take for granted; others have shared images of neighbors, friends, and family as they navigate the day-to-day. To borrow a phrase from one of the photographers (Jessica Leigh Deleon), images of the “the good and bad, the unique and the mundane.”
It is a documentary of an unprecedented time.
The new images from each of the photographers in this exhibition will be posted by every Monday evening from now until May 11th.
As a part of the programming, the Galleries at CCBC are encouraging the community to share their Covid-19 experiences by posting images with the #perseverepics on Instagram. Every week, the gallery staff will review the images under this hashtag, and one will be featured here on the exhibition website.
#perseverepics will continue until social distancing restrictions have been completely lifted.
I encourage you to share images of your experiences in #perseverpics. Follow the hashtag to see how we all are persevering, staying connected in isolation, and expressing solidarity.
- Nicole Buckingham Kern, curator
A Re-photographic Survey
"A blink of the eye lasts 1/3 of a second. I use my cell phone to capture blinks of time. These blinks create a visual history, a documentation of events however passive and common. These blinks freeze time and make memory easy for me to revisit. I see empty spaces and think of all who proceeded me (even those whom I have never met). We forget so many things. We will always forget things. Remembering needs assistance. In this case my photographs are autobiographical and they remind me of quiet times.
Always a teacher! I am doing an assignment that I gave my basic photo students at CCBC. The assignment is to revisit the same location under different lighting conditions. This will help you realize the importance of the perfect time of day and also to return to favorite spots as it will always be different. Eugene Atget always went back to the same locations many times.
"Since the COVID outbreak, I’ve found myself returning to mindfulness practices as a way to grounded during these times.
Contemplative interaction with nature has been a part of my artistic practice for about the past 12 years. Sheltering in place I’ve made it a point to get outdoors into nature daily for exercise, to get the kids away from their screens, and for walking meditation. These photos come from this contemplative photographic practice."