Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cream

March 08, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Readers,

I wish I wish I wish I could show you all the images that I made in Chad this fall...  still in copyright limbo...  no comment.  Anyhow, the experience (which I will indeed write thoroughly about when I can post accompanying images,) was a visual and visceral one that has me a bit hooked on Africa.

Last month, while visiting dear friends in Brooklyn, I had the opportunity to meet one of the lovely faces behind Blue Marble Dreams, "...the non-profit venture of Blue Marble Ice Cream [which explores] ice cream's potential to inspire joy and spur economic growth."  Their pilot initiative began in Butare, Rwanda with a group of dynamic women (I believe from a local Butare drumming circle.)  When Jenny shared this project with me, I immediately imagined portraits of Rwandans eating ice cream...  a sort of poignant portrayal of a population enjoying life again.  My understanding is that the people there are still very closed off to foreigners, friendly yet reserved to a large degree.  I think that really capturing these portraits will be a huge challenge and will take a tremendous amount of patience, compassion, and just sitting and listening. However, I think that sharing with others the great strides in the human spirit's resilience will be worth more than I can possibly imagine at present, a great gift I hope the people there will bestow upon me, and one I could only hope to represent in the best possible light, a gift to them in return.

Just thinking about it right now, the great responsibility of telling such a story, leaves me with a bit of a knot in my stomach... which usually means I have to do it.  I haven't scored too many jobs yet this year, just paid my taxes, and the dog just had a $400 vet bill...  how on earth am I even going to spare the $1400 for a plane ticket?  I know, I know, these types of negative thoughts won't help my cause..  must shift focus.  Glass half full, glass half full...

For the hell of it, and because it's a good humble lesson in asking others for help, I started a ChipIn page to help me raise the money.  This project is worth it, and the photos will, in turn, be donated back to the organization to help with their own marketing and awareness efforts.  The power of a quality image can do wonders, and organizations such as this do not always have the means to pay for them to be taken.  If you have the means and inclination, I humbly ask for your assistance in making this happen...   For every $100 donated, a signed print will be delivered to you!!  I'm not sure if that's incentive :D

All my best...

 

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