Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Helping out wounded soldiers

I just received this email...



Do you have extra B & W work prints (matte finish) of the natural world, plus a desire to share your photographic artistry in a way that could enhance the healing and well-being of wounded soldiers?

If so, I am looking for donations (or contributions, for which a nominal fee could be paid) of B & W nature work prints (matte finish) to use in an upcoming art project with wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. I'd like to provide these soldiers (many of whom have brain and other injuries, including amputations) with a selection of gorgeous B & W nature work prints from diverse habitats, and have them hand color tint the photos (as a metaphor for restoring color and healing power of "naturalness" to their lives). Having a selection of work prints from varied natural environments to offer would allow each soldier to select one print to work on that evokes a sense of his/her most personally comforting natural world. As many as 300 work prints from diverse photographers are being sought.

Ideally, the prints could be 5" x 7" or 8" x 10" (allowing inexpensive framing), but other print sizes are welcome, too. It would also be great to have a number of color work prints (matching some of the B & W work prints) on hand to inspire the soldiers as they hand color tint.

For more information or to arrange a donation or contribution (preferably by July 22, though later may also be fine), please contact Ermyn King (efk103@psu.edu; ph: 301-355-6770). Your artistry and contribution to the project would be credited in a very focused and conspicuous way. Thank you!

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