Thank you to everyone who came out to Imagine Abundance: Visual Stories of the Bay Area. CatchLight exists to accelerate the social impact of visual storytelling. We support photographers to do photo projects like this and we do things like this to get that artwork in front of the community.
That word “visual storytelling” is kind of tricky and is used a lot of ways. We think about it like this: most of the time, these photographers, don’t work tucked away in studio like a painter might. They are out there in the world, sometimes on the street, sitting with people, talking to people, hearing their stories, and then trying to share those perspectives, and feelings, and conditions, and stories through their images.
And, if we look and if we listen, we have the chance to understand a little bit more about people who may be our neighbors but whose lives are different than our own. Visual stories are windows of understanding into other people’s lives. They can help us be more compassionate neighbors, better allies, and kinder humans.
On Friday night we gathered to celebrate some pretty amazing visual stories, co-created by the storytellers in the community.
We are so grateful to all of you who made this project possible: To Pro Arts gallery who has supported Oakland artists for the past 44 years! To the East Bay Community Foundation whose Fund for Artists funded our artists, and to the 29 friends, family, Board members, and community supporters who reached into their own pockets to bring this project to fruition. And last but not least, a special thanks to our sponsors Photoworks San Francisco and Lagunitas. Thank you all for being a part of this!
We experienced some technical difficulties during the performance which prohibited us from showcasing the full visual symphony and we’re working on getting it posted online soon.
All Photos © Yutao Chenn