Million Women’s March, Washington, DC January 21, 2017 by Rachael Jane
Some Street photos from New York
Edward walks two laps every morning around the park at the Plaza to keep his blood pressure healthy. At age 84, he has overcome many health issues. He has had two knee replacements but has always exercised in some form or another. He lost his wife last year in June. They were married after both of them had had children, they had no children together. They had spent most of their 40 years together traveling. He traveled the first time without her to NYC to meet his son at Christmas time. His photos of his travels with his wife and his trip to NYC are kept safely in the trunk of his car.
Zara and her children came from Sudan. They came here as refugees and had lived in a UN refugee camp for seven years before they were able to come to the US. They have 12 people in their family and they lived in a tent sharing one outhouse with four other families during their time with the UN. Now that they are here, they have been settled in their own home. Zara’s husband and oldest two children must work to afford it. Her oldest daughter, age 21, had one more year to finish high school but needed to work so she never graduated. She still desires to go back to school and finish. They kindly welcomed me in their home to talk, let me photograph them and served me tea. To experience their energy full of beauty, strength and resilience is a very refreshing and wonderful experience. Feeling that our country helped them get out of a terrible situation and offered them new life makes me proud to be an American. I hope that we continue this way of helping people in need despite a few people who want to inflict terror on the world and control us through fear.
One of my favorite outtakes from a senior photoshoot I did with Katharine.
Michael Bowring is a photographer I “met” online years ago as part of a group of photographers called Ball-Saal. For some years we all critiqued each other’s work until the group disbanded. I still follow his work on instagram and Facebook as I find it unique and inspiring. He is a British native who lives in the Balkans. He understands the area like no other foreign person I’ve met. Recently, I have become aware that he is in need of surgery and is selling his Instagram prints to raise money for it. I finally met him in person this summer as I bought some prints and made his portrait. I can attest that the printing is gorgeous.
For more info: follow him here and contact him about a print https://instagram.com/michaelbowring/
I need to pay for an urgent operation so i am offering any photograph on my Instagram feed for sale at these one-off low prices
1 photo 15 euros + postage
2 photos 25 euros + postage
5 photos 50 euros + postage
All photographs printed at 22 cm x 22 cm on archival matt Fuji paper.
Vania Todorova moved to Kansas City from Bulgaria in 2002. She is a wonderful classical pianist and instructor. Recently, she has become a guardian of a young girl who’s mother, Vania’s very close friend, was murdered in Detroit. In honor of her friend, Tzveta Tocheva, I will be auctioning a photo session at the fundraiser for Rose Brooks Women’s Shelter on April 30th. It will be an evening of chamber and solo music, dance and art to be auctioned. 100% of the money raised goes towards the ladies at the Rose Brooks Shelter.
What: Rose Brooks Fundraiser Auction,
When: April 30, 2015, 7:30 PM
Where: Faith Lutheran Church 4805 W 67th St, Prairie Village, KS
Sneza is originally from Serbia and was raised by her aunt who still lives there. She studied at the University of Belgrade. She went on to spend five years living in Africa which has made a deep impression on her life. Currently, she is calling Kansas City home with her husband Mijo. She has a great interest in art, collecting interesting pieces that inspire her and is a fabulous cook. In the spirit of Orthodox Christianity she prepares wonderful food for Slava every year in honor of her family Saint, St Nicholas
Zili Mallin was born in Afghanistan and moved to London at an early age. She now lives in Kansas City and is a mother of six children! She is a fascinating and beautiful person with a lovely British accent. Besides being a makeup artist and real estate agent, she also designs some of her own clothing.
Ashley is mother of two children and a food blogger at https://junkfoodkids.com. Florida is one of Ashley’s favorite places. She and her husband, Julian, enjoyed living there for 6 years. She and Julian moved back to their home town, Kansas City to continue his Cardiology practice and be closer to his family.
“Lisa Lala’s Lit”, It lit the sky at Blue Gallery. Lisa stands in front of her light “portals” created by meticulously programming light to read from a painting or photograph and project abstractly it’s color in mezmorizing slow motion. Congratulations Lisa on a fabulous show!
I met Wilbur at True Light Family Resource Center. He was in need of social services such as a bus pass, clothing, counseling, and food. I continued to follow him over nearly two years. This is his story…
Photos from PhotoPhilanthropy’s exhibition, “Right Before Your Eyes: Photography Driven By SocialChange,” in New York City Aug. 16 - Sept. 10, 2012
Chris Rainier in front of photos by Josh Meltzer and Rachael Jane.
If you happen to be in NYC during August or September, please check out this group exhibition from Photophilanthropy. PhotoPhilanthropy addresses critical social and environmental issues around the world by providing nonprofits and photographers with the resources to work together to create images that drive social change. I’m happy that they have selected one of my photos to be part of the exhibition.
Right Before Your Eyes: Photography Driven By Social Change
An Exhibition Presented by PhotoPhilanthropy at the United Nations
What? An exhibition including thirty stunning photographs by photographers from around the world.
When? Aug. 16 – Sept. 10, 2012
Where? Visitor’s Lobby, United Nations, New York City
Description: A single photograph can change the world. One moment, captured by a photographer’s lens, has the power to shift public policy, spark human rights campaigns, and alter the course of wars. “Right Before Your Eyes” showcases images that capture a range of social issues including global health, youth education, poverty and displaced people. With this exhibition, PhotoPhilanthropy pays tribute to the commitment of photographers to raising awareness for the most pressing social issues around the world today. On any given day, across the globe photojournalists are serving as witnesses, observers, and agents of change.
According to the Violence Policy Center “Washington, DC–Missouri leads the nation in the rate of black homicide victimization for the second year in a row according to a new analysis of unpublished Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).”
— President BARACK OBAMA
Republican governor MITCH “I really said that” DANIELS, in delivering the GOP response to the State of the Union Tuesday night.
Continuing the Republican theme of “I deny that this nation has poor people, impoverished people, and what other civilized societies might otherwise term ‘the underclass.’”
(via inothernews )
Yesterday I went to visit Linda. She has been through a lot since I last posted about her. She had left the shelters and moved into her own home in a government subsidized project. In her new place, she had seemed happy, talkative and open.
After about four months her health had deteriorated. Linda’s neighbor had found her on the floor unresponsive. She had been there for two days. She is now living in a nursing home for the time being. When I went to find her, a nurse had to point me to her as I did not recognize her. She lost so much weight, her frame is skeletal and she is now in a wheelchair. The nurses say she is not eating much.
She and I found a place in the dining hall that was quiet to talk. We sat there in silence for a long time. If I asked her a question, her response was yes or no without elaboration. When I asked her how is her will to live, she put her head down, chipped at her worn nail polish, and slowly replied “it’s good.” I gave her some updates about my own life and she listened intently.
We continued to sit in silence. Linda seemed so tired….
I mentioned that Etta James had died. She asked who was she. I explained that James sang a famous song called “At Last.“ Linda looked at me blankly. Then I played it on my phone. She closed her eyes, she smiled knowingly and began to hum along….
Under the care of a private for-profit healthcare in Moberly Correctional Center, Wilbur Williams experienced a medical treatment go terribly wrong.
In light of the current economy many have taken notice of the Wall Street greed and have learned from the organizational tactics involved in Arab Spring. A “how to” blueprint seems to be circulating. It seems democratic tactics may also work in the US. Or not.
Writer Tom Ryan and I attended the opening of the Freedom House on 31st and Charlotte. His experience can be found below at The Kansas City Star. See more work by Tom Ryan here https://crossroadscurrents.blogspot.com/.
True Light, Emancipation, and now Freedom at 31st and Charlotte | Midwest VoicesNo comments have been posted. Perhaps you’d like to be the first? You’ll need to log in or register to comment. Alice Pigge-Wallack makes words come alive. She speaks and listens with a kindness that exudes, light, emancipation, and freedom. She creates community every day in and around her community at 31st and Charlotte Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Freedom House was opened Thursday Sept. 29th. Pastor Alice Piggee-Wallack added it to her many contributions to people in need of Kansas City. “Pastor Alice” as she is better known is the founder of True Light Family Resource Center, True Light Church of the Nazarene and Emancipation Station, a day shelter for women. The new Freedom House is a place where homeless and jobless women can live and stay overnight until they find sustainable employment and a new start.
Before renovation, the Freedom House was gutted and restored completely by volunteer effort and donations.RachaelJane-5162
The renovation inside and out of the Freedom House is complete and ready for it’s new tenants. Neighbors and volunteers cooked food and came to visit as part of the celebration.
RachaelJane-9176A future bedroom in the Freedom House to provide a home to one of many homeless women. RachaelJane-9199Pastor Alice in her office.RachaelJane-2156Megan packed informational packets for the visitors in Pastor Alice’s office. Megan is a regular volunteer and neighbor who helps Pastor Alice with various different tasks.RachaelJane-9170 Visitors to the Freedom House opening toured the rest of the facilities Pastor Alice operates. Donna spoke to the visitors about the shelter. Donna spends her retirement time donating countless hours helping women learn new direction and filing paperwork.RachaelJane-9159 More information about True Light Family Resource Center and it’s affiliates:JaneVision: True Light Family Resource Center and Emancipation