THIS I BELIEVE REVEALED subject Wendy Lawton discusses the project and the impact it had on her. Her This I Believe essay is titled “Redemption”
RIPR (Rhode Island National Public Radio) This I Believe and Scott Indermaur’s REVEALED are two projects that have been easily merged and complement each other to create the project THIS I BELIEVE REVEALED. This collaboration makes an even greater impression and impact on Rhode Islanders through print, radio and photography that create a unique and multi-dimensional experience and personal connection for the audience. Lawton’s essay may also be heard at RIPR’s website.
The collaboration features the essays of Rhode Islanders who share the core values that guide their daily lives and those individuals sharing those core values as REVEALED subjects. The result is a powerful combination of creativity, words and photography.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
2011 fly by with a tremendous amount of REVEALED news and activity. A book is now in production, art exhibits, and REVEALED additions…which happen to only be REVEALED Class subjects. This is a branch of REVEALED that I am very excited to see grow. In 2011 I photographed a class of 5th graders in the Spring and then a class of 4th graders in the Fall. The project begins by me visiting the class and meeting these eager students that are excited about a new art project… And maybe even having a guest artist. 🙂 I return to the class two weeks later to photograph the children with their self designed REVEALED boxes that they get to keep.
I just posted the latest addition of 30 fourth graders and two of their teachers. More about the process and experience is available here.
You can also read what SouthCoast Today wrote about this latest addition of fourth graders.
I am honored to release the next set of This I BelieveRevealed subjects. Not only have I been blessed with another wonderful collection of very deep and meaningful essays, but my subjects amaze me with their insights into themselves and how they explored them further during the Revealed process. I am touched be every individual’s process, and the construction of their box and finally, their portrait. I am always moved with how open and accepting people are during this time of exploration and focus.
With some humor, one subject said, “Your portrait was like getting a gift for being brave and baring your ass to a few thousand people. Finding your voice, and sharing it, has great rewards.”
I always learn more about myself from connecting with these people and reflecting on their life experience and how it relates to mine. I see and feel so much with these portraits. For example, The bravery of Amelia’s sharing what many may keep in the dark. Or the sadness, frustration and humor in Janine’s portrait … how about the peace I feel from Wendy’s courage? I was also touched by Ed’s portrait and how he connected with his father in a new way. Of course, every one effects me in a different way, and your experience may be different. This is one of the beautiful aspects of this project.
The collaboration with WRNI’sThis I Believe program and Revealed began about 3 years ago. I look forward to our next round of subjects.
I had the honor this week to speak with the South County Cancer Survivor Group about my Revealed Project. It was an amazing experience for myself as well as the group. We watched the Revealing Revealed film, viewed many Revealed and This I BelieveRevealed portraits, and then the discussion started. “What would you put in your box? What would you Reveal?” I asked. “Pictures of my family! My family is everything to me…but that isn’t something that people don’t already know.” said one woman. Another woman piped up and said “My pencil. I always have my pencil with me…it helps me be organized…but I just noticed that it is broken. What does that mean?” From these two statements, the conversation suddenly became very introspective as another woman said “Seeing this makes me realize that I need to spend more time on self-reflection. This is exactly what having cancer did to me…I realized that I needed to focus on ME, take care of ME, and let others help ME. Revealed makes me think about that and remind me to go within.” Several women admitted that if it wasn’t for having cancer, they would of never spent the time to look within and think about themselves.
I was moved, and delighted, by the conversation that was unfolding…it was deeply personal as I was privy to this intimate discussion amongst these amazing women…fighters and survivors. When I am a part of such conversations, I walk away with a deeper meaning of Revealed and even insights into the person I am.
I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to spend time with such an amazing group of people…I came away with gratitude and inspiration as their energy and enthusiasm for Revealed reminded me that I am helping others to go within, reveal, and inspire others.