A Photographic Series by Jeri Jonise
Reception: Mon, Dec 12, 7pm
For this series, I captured portraits of individuals and groups in Salt Lake City who are actively working toward making a positive difference in our community. The people I chose have been focusing their efforts on environmental justice and climate change related issues. Each image in the series is connected to the images that appear before and after it, creating a circle or ripple effect of collective action.
The primary subject's hands within each Polaroid can be found in the next image as its background. In this way, each subject is holding one another other up and connecting with each other—not physically, but figuratively—through two images that work together. Each image illustrates the different skills being used to combat climate change in the community, and are each named after the action that the subject is taking, such as, "We connect" and "I learn". This series was created so that those trying to make this world a better place won't feel alone and would see that many others are also working hard to fix the same problems.
There is also a small miniseries of natural elements, photographed in the same way, which represent Earth—our home, the place we are destroying, the place the individuals are trying to protect. It shows that we shouldn't see Earth as something we are separate from, but a part of.
Even with many amazing people hard at work, there is still much to be done. The other purpose of this series is to inspire action. So, viewer, what are you waiting for? What unique skill set would you utilize? Now is the time to jump in, join this circle, and support your fellow community members because the only way things will get better is if we work together.
Jeri Jonise Gravlin is a young photographer from the Midwest whose mission in life is to make this world a better and more beautiful place. Photography is her main passion; she sees her world through the viewfinder on her Nikon camera. She has an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Delta College and a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Westminster College. She plans to combine these two majors by using art as activism and by creating a call for action toward a more sustainable future with each photograph.
Location: Marmalade Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8680