If you have not been to the Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, you are missing out on a treat. From the 16th September, 2015 ~ 27 September, 2015 there is a wonderful photographic exhibit by 5iz. The group consists of 5 Mississippi Mills based creative photographers. I have had the wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with one of the photographers Robin Andrew. Andrews is the founder of Unposed Photography, and the local genius who photographed “Nudes of Mississippi Mills” calendar.
I am very attached to two of her photographs, and chose this pretty awful photo I took to show you. Why would I do such a thing? Because, you need to go see these photos for yourself. Since I was a child I can look at something and dream up some sort of story about it. I am quite positive that the creator of said photos would have been aghast at some of my thoughts. But, take a trip to the Mississippi Valley Mill Textile Museum to see these photos of Robin Andrews in person.
A Story of Hunger for Hunger Awareness Week – Photos by Robin Andrew
Each night Jamie Sullivan would scramble up the rickety old ladder in the back yard to ask the moon for help. Because his Mother could not make ends meet, hunger was now affecting his school work. As each day passed, he watched his Mother eat less so he and his brother could have more food.
Being hungry soon affected Jamie’s report card grades. As he stood on that ladder each night, all he could think of was food. Soon night would become morning, and he knew he would not be able to eat breakfast at home. One night he thought he heard the moon whisper for him not to worry as help was on the way. He was soon to become one of the lucky ones.
The next morning before the sun rose, he walked down by the river bank and saw one of his teachers fishing. As the gleam of the moon slowly disappeared in the sky the final crescent rays danced on the water in time with the bobble at the end of the fishing line. Tom waved to Jamie and motioned him to come closer. As the hand on Tom’s watch slowly marched forward Jamie told him about his problems at home. Food was not only on his mind, but so was his Mother. She’s wasn’t really eating as much as Jamie was, and it bothered him. Tom reached in his bag and offered Jamie a sandwich, and his face lit up as bright as the sun that had replaced the moon.
The next day Tom did something about Jamie’s hunger. Each morning, he would bring in snacks for the whole class, not just for Jamie. Jamie soon realized that his teacher didn’t just care about him–he cared about the whole entire class. Tom really had no idea how many of his students were coming to school hungry.
Jamie’s teacher soon realized a lot of families are ashamed, and shy, about their issues at home. They worry about someone taking their children, saying they’re unfit. There is a lot of pride as well, because being poor not only means you have to maintain a roof over your family’s head—but you have to make sure bills are paid, Sometimes to buy food, you have to buy food that’s not healthy. By the end of the month, you’re running low, because you just don’t have the money to maintain the whole month.
Living wages really need to become living wages so parents can earn enough to feed their families. Universal free school breakfasts and school lunches should be in every public classroom in the world. If we have all this money to fund sports stadiums and tax cuts for the rich, we have enough money for meals.
The Lanark County Food Bank offers a number of services to help struggling neighbors along the upward climb toward a better life.
Circumstances that bring people in vary, but changes in employment are the primary cause. Employment changes can mean ends just don’t meet anymore. While the Lanark County Food Bank can provide immediate relief from hunger, they also need stronger support services to help people regain their ability to provide for themselves. With everyone’s help the darkness of the moon could possibly turn in to smiles of sunlight for everyone in Lanark County.
Photos used were by Robin Andrews
16 September, 2015 ~ 27 September, 2015 Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery
A photographic exhibit by 5iz
5 Mississippi Mills based, creative photographers
5 unique, divergent styles
5 years of lively monthly critiques
5 award winning portfolios of work
Culminating in one not-to-be missed exhibit with something for everyone!
The 5iz photographic collective have been meeting for years. With lively critiques, and highly divergent styles their premier exhibit could only be called “Madly off in all Directions” (with a nod to Lorne Elliot and Stephen Leacock).
This exhibit promises something for everyone, from the stunning global landscapes and wildlife imagery of Bill Pratt and Bill Young, to the masterful creative eye of Dale Dunning, the refined imagery of Rod Trider, to Robin Andrew’s playful whimsy.
Meet the 5iz collective:
Robin Andrew – Founder of Unposed photography. Photographer of “Nudes of Mississippi Mills” calendar
Dale Dunning – Sculptor and artist with shows and exhibitions across North America
Bill Pratt – Renowned Canadian and international wildlife photographer
Rod Trider – Photographic based artist, international photographic judge and master-printer
Bill Young – 2014 RA Photo Club Photographer of the year and multi-time award winner