Photo credit, Kristen Guyett
Photo credit, Lori Clark
Nine men and women with disabilities from The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming are using photographic art to provide a better understanding of their perspectives and worldview, in a new exhibit this September at Livingston Arts Center.
“I never really took many photographs before this project,” said participant Miranda Snyder. “But I really enjoyed going out and capturing pictures of things that I like, like animals and flowers. I learned that you can take pictures at different angles. It helps people to see things the way that I see them. When people see the pictures that I took, we might find out that they like the same things that I do.”
Snyder and her peers from The Arc will present their photographs at the opening of an exhibit entitled “A Different Point of View,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Livingston Arts Center, 4 Murray Hill Drive, Mount Morris. The exhibit will run throughout September and is open to the public.
Participants spent two days this summer capturing the sights and nuances of SUNY Geneseo, the Village of Geneseo, and Letchworth State Park. The aspiring photographers used adaptive equipment where needed to explore an art form that, for some, had not been physically accessible until the project.
They were supported by Arc staff, volunteers, and professional photographer Larry Tetamore, of Tetamore Photographic. The resulting photographs are inspirational, says project coordinator Mary Coniglio, of The Arc – a not-for-profit agency that provides services for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
“It gives the individuals an opportunity to show others what they think is beautiful and interesting,” Coniglio said. “They get to showcase their work and become more than just a person with disabilities. I love seeing the pride on their faces when people ‘ooh and ah’ over the beautiful photographs.”
The Different Point of View exhibit will include photographs by Snyder, Lori Clark, Billy Driscoll, John Feidner, Kristen Guyett, Melissa Mitchell, Juan Padilla, Casey VanZandt, and Joe Wright.
Artists are expected to be in attendance opening night to offer insight on their photographs and the project as a whole.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts at the Livingston Arts Center, a member supported organization.
Photo credit, John Feidner