Friday marked the culmination of a six month portrait project that I photographed for the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. ILAP offers pro bono legal assistance to Maine's immigrant community, helping them keep their families together, gain protection from persecution and domestic violence, attain residency and work authorization, and become proud U.S. citizens. "The Changing Face of Maine" introduces you to individuals and families from Syria, Peru, Congo, Burundi, Iraq, and Honduras who have made a new home in Maine thanks to ILAP's legal support.
Over the last six months, I photographed Yassin, Nélida, Adele, Leandre, Kifah, and José in their homes or at their places of work and listened to their stories. It was an honor to meet all of them and create images that shine a light on the creative, kind, and incredible people that they are.
This past Friday, the framed images debuted at ILAP's CeleSoirée 2017 gala, where each portrait subject stood with their portrait to welcome and meet with the event-goers. The collection will next be on display at Coffee By Design on Congress Street for the month of April, and then will move to other locations around Portland. Please stop by to see them in person, and please make a donation to ILAP so that they can continue their vital work.
Link to all of the portraits in my bio.
The priory at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Lewiston used to accommodate 26 brothers; now, there is only one left and the old rooms are used as storage.
The March feature of my basilica series just came out in the Sunday Sun Journal. This one explores some of the fascinating history of the Dominicans in Lewiston. They were invited by the Catholic Diocese in Portland to manage St. Peter's Church in 1881 and stayed for 105 years.
The Dominicans oversaw the construction of the Cathedral (later Basilica) of Saints Peter and Paul, and were an influential presence in the community for decades. It was an unusual relationship between the diocese and the Order, and the question of who was in charge eventually went all the way to Rome — and the Vatican decided in favor of the Dominicans!
In 1986, the Order officially turned over the administration to the Diocese. Today, there is only one Dominican left, Brother Raoul (Irénée) Richard, O.P., the last Dominican at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul.
when the monarch reaches California it is a 3rd generation monarch and the strongest, fastest biggest monarchs on their journey from Maine to Mexico. They stop here in the beautiful mojave Desert before they make their last Journey to Mexico. #Monarch#maine#mexico#3rdgen#butterfly