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Women’s March on Washington

Just some personal notes of reflection: I recently found myself reading a pretty provocative cocktail of books… A friend gave me “The Gift of Anger” by Arun Gandhi while I was in middle of reading “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

One thing is truly glaringGandhi and MLK’s ideas of non-violence have been so perverted by connotations of passivity. Practicing non-violence does not mean a movement is non-confrontational. Non-violence does not equate legality with morality. Movements rooted in non-violence acknowledge the plight of marginalized people who have turned to violence in the throes of oppression.

In order to be loving and empathetic, we must understand systems of oppression and mindfully learn ways to foster agency for those who have historically been disenfranchised. 

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Anger is a powerful tool in the hands of the oppressed. It is the industrious force behind action and in this case, is the vehicle for change. A year ago on January 21, 2017, an estimated 725,000 gathered in Washington D.C. and an estimated 4 million people gathered worldwide in solidarity for the Women’s March. It was visually commanding to witness the sheer density of people that filled the streets. According to the Washington Post, it “was likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.” But gathering in cites across the world was only the beginning. Among countless actions of resistance this year and following it with gusto, a record number of women are running for office and Tanara Burke’s “Me Too” movement which was created originally in 2007 as “a grass-roots movement to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities where rape crisis centers and sexual assault workers weren’t going” has reached women across the world. “Empowerment through empathy” is being employed to help speak about experiences of sexual harassment and assault. And the momentum is only building.

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New Year, Still Beating.

I’m going to level with you… 2016 was a weird year.

I felt a little lost, mismanaged my time, felt unnecessarily stressed, lacked balance, etc. And that’s a really difficult thing to admit to myself, but accepting that I have so many things to improve on actually feels good. Growth is exciting… and in the future, I know I need to stay focused and a little more structured. I need to give myself more time to work on personal projects and feel inspired. I need to take time away from work to be present with friends and family. I need to allow myself to be in more spaces where I am able to learn and grow as a photographer and as a curious person. Yes, all of these things, for sure.

That being said, this year wasn’t all bad. I still had a lot of beautiful experiences including the work I did on Marilyn Schlossbach‘s cookbook, seeing young people that I mentored show their work in Asbury Park with Jill Audra Bartlett, recording protest songs with my dear friend Koji & a water justice choir in Detroit, continued work with TheBurg, Sprocket Mural Works, Capital Region Water, Bare Bones Theatre Ensemble, and other wonderful friends and clients. I photographed some truly joyful weddings, had a summer intern (Morgan Crumlich, you are a treasure), taught photography at the Full STEAM Ahead Summer Day Camp at Marshall Math Science Academy, explored Acadia National Park, Portland, ME, and Pueblo, CO, and spent a week documenting in Detroit with Naïm at Voices For Earth Justice. All of these things make me immeasurably happy.

So now I’m onward to 2017:

The first thing I did this year was update the portfolios on my website! WHEW! WHAT A TASK THAT WAS! Ha! I hope you’ll take a moment to go look at the images there.

I will always be in love with people. They are so valuable and this is where I collect beautiful bits of them that they are willing to share with me: http://danifresh.com/

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This is a photo of Morgan. We stayed in a yurt in Maine. And drank a lot of tequila. That was pretty cool. (Thanks for going on an adventure with me.) Durham, ME. July, 2016.

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