One of the “projects” I was asked to do for this trip was to setup a photo exhibit at the hospital. Last year I scanned dozens of old photos of the hospital and its staff. I had those images and some of my own printed and matted and brought them out.
This morning I set them up at the out patient department and was amazed at how fast a crowd of people gathered around them. Each person was closely analyzing each photograph and discussing them with each other in Mampruli. If only I could understand what they were saying (probably things like “eh, lacks impact”).
As Christian and an artist, I believe that part of being made in God’s image and likeness means I have the ability to create, the desire to create, and the immense satisfaction of bringing joy to others with your creation. There is nothing more fulfilling than to see others not just see my work but interact with it and be positively affected by it.
You can see many of the old photos in the Media section of BMC website (on second slideshow screen under “From the BMC Scrapbook”).
In Ghana, there are public notices everywhere (billboards, posters, murals, bumper sitckers etc..) with AIDS awareness and prevention messages. Taped on a wall in a school yard was this work of art by a village kid.
John Evans Atta-Mills and John Mahama are the National Democratic Congress party’s candidates for this year’s presidential election in Ghana. Why can’t the American election have “fun” campaign ads like this?
While many Americans are healthier than ever before, minorities and the poor are more likely to get cancer and die from the disease. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida focused on the crisis of health disparities during National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (NMCAW), April 20-26.
Heidi has been doing a rotation at Moffitt this month and through her contacts there I was invited to display my It Pains O’ Why portrait series at the final event of NMCAW at Moffitt. Though the specific focus of the event was on the health issues of American minorities Moffitt realizes the need for health care and education reaches beyond our nation and around the globe.
I was very honored to display my photos in such a prestigious health center and enjoyed sharing the work that BMC has been doing in Ghana. You can support BMC’s work by purchasing a print of one of my photographs and the profits from the sale go entirely to the George Faile Foundation.
During our trip to West Africa I received a lot of positive feedback about my photography from our blog readers. I really appreciate the encouragement and compliments. I’ve set up a online gallery/store where I’m selling prints of some of my favorite images from the trip. All the profits from the sales will be going to the George Faile Foundation which exclusively supports BMC, the hospital where Heidi was working.
More details about the prints are available on the gallery homepage. I hope that this provides folks with an opportunity to get some new art for their home or office and support a good cause at the same time.
One of the things I am most pleased with from this trip is a series of portraits of patients that Heidi examined on clinic days. After some experimentation with camera settings and flash in her examination room I found a technique that I really liked. The result was 24 patient portraits of which I am making large framed prints (10″x15″) to exhibit as an art show. If you know anyone or any place that might be interested in exhibiting this collection let me know.