2020 in a Box
Remote Through a Pandemic, a very limited edition portfolio
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is pleased to present our first portfolio of Member work, produced to commemorate the launch of re/vision, the first of our upcoming atelier series.
This Portfolio brings together a selection of work collected from a year long online collaboration at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts. As we sheltered in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic we launched re/vision (a weekly Crit Group) using the Zoom video conferencing service. Without the ability to travel or to gather and with an unknown period of isolation stretching out in front of us this collaboration provided a way to engage and keep our photographic practices active. Some members were able to continue on much as before, some explored alternate subject matter while others used the time to revisit older work from a new perspective. Some explored all of these, and… happily some were able to develop new techniques, new ways of seeing, and new subject matter to explore. Some of us just got through it fueled by the shared energy and are happy that together we all made it through to 2021.
– David DeMelim, Managing Director
Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts
About: 2020 in a Box
This portfolio, presents ten hand signed and numbered prints, one from each re/vision member, selected collaboratively from work shared, developed or otherwise connected to this journey we took together. Some of the images represent new directions, explorations or working methods developed during this shared journey while others present new work from established bodies of work. The portfolio also includes introductory text explaining the project and the story behind forming re/vision, additionally individual artist statements and abbreviated bios with contact information are provided to document each photograph and re/vision member.
re/vision is a group of supporting members committed in their practice to Review, Inspire, Contemplate, Promote and Advance their own photographic practice and that of others. We gather to re/view, re/vise, re/think, re/focus, re/frame, re/store, re/new and re/imagine our world. re/vision is: Angela C. Brown, Jody Brown, Bill Clark, David DeMelim, Deb Ehrens, Eileen Muldoon, David Pinkham, Keith Prue, Steve Szydlowski & Cindy Wilson.
Our re/vision Story
In April 2020 we started a Crit Group via the Zoom video conferencing service. The group, composed of Supporting Members, started with no formal agenda, no commitment was expected, no minutes were kept and yet we still gather every week to share work, offer feedback and connect. The initial goal was to provide a way to stay connected and an incentive to stay active photographically. Together we helped to discover new subject matter or new ways of thinking as the size of our worlds shrank overnight. Participants were encouraged to bring a selection of their own work to share and be prepared to offer feedback on work presented. We shared and commented on each other’s work, offering encouragement on work in progress and suggestions for next steps. Shared resources, book suggestions, a few YouTube videos and watch parties for short documentaries on lesser known photographers became valued supplements. These sessions provided a point of connection, needed feedback on work in progress or just a way to connect.
Presenting: 2020 in a Box
Ten prints of work shared, developed or informed by this yearlong collaboration of re/vision members
Angela C. Brown, Jody Brown, Bill Clark, David DeMelim, Deb Ehrens, Eileen Muldoon, David Pinkham, Keith Prue, Steve Szydlowski & Cindy Wilson
The Portfolio was conceived as a way to document our shared experience and was produced in a limited edition of 14 sets. The portfolio includes one numbered and signed print from each of the re/vision members. Each participating member received one portfolio in exchange for their efforts, leaving four portfolios available for sale. One hundred percent of the sale of the remaining portfolios will go to supporting ongoing programing at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts.