Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
New Directions Choir
This group is made up of former Vietnam Vets and formerly homeless vets as well. They are an amazingly beautiful group of people who have survived - and are thriving - against all odds.
They are beneficiaries of the excellent organization New Directions in LA. To learn more about the organization please go to www.ndvets.org
I will be posting more pictures of the chior for you and will be working on a photo project about the members later this year.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Be back soon....
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The Living Center - The Light Within
Sunday, June 18, 2006
The Living Center - a couple of the ladies
The Living Center Visitors
The Living Center Christmas
Christmas is huge at Teh Living Center. Decorations go up early and on the day of the auxillary sponsored party, there are actually three parties going on: one in the north sunroom with live music, another in the west sunroom where there is a big Christmas tree and another in the ding room where special cakes are cookies are served. Santa visits all of the room giving gifts and chatting with the residents.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
The Living Center - Old West Days
Old West Days are an annual event here in Jackson that more or less kicks off the summer season. A very special thing about it is that the tourists have yet to arrive so it is really a locals party. There are many events that take place over a long weekend and the biggest crowd draw is the parade.
Many of the residents who watched the parade in June 2005 were pushed in their wheelchairs right down the middle of Broadway in order to get to their viewing spot. The were applauded and cheered along the way.
The lady above was chosen to ride in one of the parade wagons.
Friday, June 16, 2006
The LIving Center and Echo
Echo is a much beloved member of the Jackson Hole community and known, as well, for her weekly column in the local newspaper. Since residing at The Living Center, she has given the column over to a colleague who visits her regularly to, as Echo puts it " find out what I know".
On an outing to the Jackson Hole Rodeo, Echo is greeted by an old friend.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
The Living Center and Summertime
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The Living Center and Kids
The Living Center Art Class
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
The Living Center at The Art Center
Monday, June 12, 2006
The Living Center and The Senior Olympics
I started shooting this project during the fall of 2004. In honor of the Summer Olympics this event, "The Senior Olympics". was held. This event was taking place at my first visit to the center and I was a bit stunned by the enthusiasm, the excitment and the shear joy of the residents who participated. There was a parade that processed through the main hospital building and, after that, a carefully rehearsed bell ringers performance. I admit to being emotionally ambushed by the bell ringers.
The games, as the one, above were practiced and the players were not only ready but very much focused on winning.
The woman in the center picture with the glasses is wearing her granddaughters Opympic medal for the Women's Triatholon.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Living Center - compassion
The picture was taken during a Living Center outing to String Lake for a summer picnic. The setting was, as you might imagine, sparking water, huge evergreens, picnic tables, the smell of hamburgers on the grill and the mountains rising across the lake in grandeur.
The daugther had pushed her mom about in her wheel chair on the picnic trails, hoping, trusting, I am sure, that there might be some recognition and experience of the setting. The volunteer was simply sitting next to the mother making an effort to communicate by touch.
I get the impression that the effort to connect, somehow, in a positive way with patients like the mother here is a constant one at this facility.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
The Living Center and Animals
The Living Center is making every effort to live up to it's name. The staff strives daily to make the center a place about people experiencing the liveliest days possible despite the infirmities and indignities of very old age. Having animals around - above are Sissie and Bob Dog - is a small but significant enhancement to the well being of the residents.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
The Living Center
I have been printing an exhibit for The Living Center, St. John's Hospital for the past ten days.
The exhibit will go up at Teton Pines for July and will be at Teton County Library in October.
My assignment was to shoot the dignity and delight in the lives of the residents there. Maxine, who is always ready with " Hey, honey" or " won't you stay for lunch?" whenever I see her, seems to exude both of those assets in this picture. She is my poster girl.
I will add more pictures and tell you about about the center over the next few days.