Notions of Home exhibition at PCNW

My series on homeless couples is featured in the “Notions of Home” exhibition at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington.

September 14 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: September 14, 6-8pm

Photographic Center Northwest
900 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Curated by Michelle Dunn Marsh
www.pcnw.org

Notions of Home speaks to the complex realities of what home means for each individual, within our city, and in America today. “Home” encompasses a sense of identity that could be formed by blood, tribe, race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or statehood; a geographic environment; a physical structure; our planet, and so much more. As many in our city face a scarcity of affordable living, or a change in paperwork and policies affecting their ability to call a place home, we look to photography to do what it does best: engage, reveal, provoke, and elucidate various viewpoints on this topic.

Featured Notions of Home artists include:

Corey Arnold, Will Austin, Tim Barney, Zack Bent,  Erin Elyse Burns, Elinor Carruci, Adrain Chesser, Neil Chowdury, Annabel Clark, Elliott Erwitt, Joe Freeman, Paulo Gonzales, Cian Hayes, Daniel Hawkins, Thomas Holton, Eirik Johnson, Hiroyo Kaneko, Lisa Kereszi, Natalie Krick, Harini Krishnamurthy, Chris Letcher, Emily Hanako Momohara, Annie Marie Musselman, Canh Nguyen, Anna Ream, Jenny Riffle, Serrah Russell, Ross Sawyers, Rafael Soldi, María Sprowls, Peggy Washburn, Eva Sköld Westerlind, and others.

All photographs ©Annabel Clark

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Courtney Waldon for People Magazine

Last month, I spent the day with burn survivor Courtney Waldon on assignment for People Magazine.  It has been almost a year since a backyard fire pit accident nearly took her life and led to the end of her marriage.  After 10 surgeries and a rigorous rehab program to relearn how to walk and eat, she returned home to her parent’s property in Georgia where she and her 5 year old daughter Caroline are rebuilding their lives with the love and support of her family and church community.  Beautiful story by Caitlin Keating.  Published in the September 11 issue.  Online version here.

“Caroline is the reason I wake up every single day.  She was my reason to learn how to do stuff, to eat in the hospital, to come home, because I missed her so much.  I didn’t ever want her to think that I would just up and leave her by choice…I am finally able to feel like a mom again.  That’s been the biggest milestone for me.” – Courtney Waldon

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2017

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Bodybuilding in your 50s for Wall Street Journal

Firefighter Richard Langford, 51, at Everett Fire Station 1 in Everett, Washington on April 14, 2017. Langford is a bodybuilder and is currently training for his first masters natural pro show in June. He trains 6 days a week and says that diet is 95% of his training.

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2017

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New Yorker Daily Shouts

One of my images from the Women’s March accompanied the New Yorker Daily Shouts column for the article “Liberal Think Pieces That Will Make You Question the Fabric of Space and Time” here. Photo ©Annabel Clark

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Ariel Levy for Guardian Weekend Magazine

Portraits of writer Ariel Levy at her home in New York, shot on assignment for the March 11 issue of the Guardian Weekend Magazine.  Levy is a staff writer at the New Yorker and has just released a memoir “The Rules Do Not Apply” chronicling the loss of her baby while on assignment in Mongolia and the decision to stop IVF treatments 4 years later.  Beautiful profile written by Hadley Freeman here.

“Of course, this is partly about class.  I don’t hear women who are less privileged thinking they’re entitled to everything, whenever they want it.  That’s a privilege phenomenon, but it is a phenomenon.  It makes me laugh when people say, ‘Why don’t you ‘just’ do surrogacy, or ‘just’ adopt?’  Believe me, there is no ‘just’ about them…It’s just a design flaw that, at the exact moment so many of us finally feel mature enough to take care of someone besides ourselves, the body’s like: ‘I’m out’.” – Ariel Levy

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2017

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Doctors & Gun Violence for Dr. Oz The Good Life

A recent story about doctors who treat victims of gun violence took me to ICUs in Chicago, Orlando and the Bronx.  The doctors’ stories highlight both the heroism and the futility inherent in this line of work.  Read the full article by Jennifer Wolff here.

“You cannot tear down this problem just by taking away people’s guns.”-Anesthesiologist Milly Turakhia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“There is such futility to what I do sometimes.” – Chief Trauma surgeon Dr. Sheldon Teperman at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY

“In recent years, I’ve treated two or three gunshot patients a day.” – Occupational therapist Greta Rucks at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2017

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Getting Preschool Right for Scientific American MIND


Loved shooting this assignment for Scientific American MIND about how the push for rigorous pre-K education has overlooked the evidence on how young kids really learn best.  Spent the day at the Randolph School in Wappinger Falls, NY. Great article by Melinda Wenner Moyer in the March 2017 issue.

“Somehow, somewhere, we decided that success for our children is how well they do on math and reading tests.  We kind of forgot that what’s really important is raising humans.” – Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, psychologist at Temple University

Two students build together at the Randolph School, a private school that runs from prekindergarten through fifth grade. High-quality preschool programs balance freewheeling playtime with structured activities and guidance from teachers.

Research shows that kids get more out of playing when teachers guide, or “scaffold,” imaginative activities, enriching story lines or adding math concepts. At Randolph, teachers participate as students build an outdoor habitat.

Evan Miklos, a preschooteacher at Randolph, uses finger counting to help students solve simple math challenges. The lesson brings several groups of children together for a collaborative, interactive learning experience.

Warmth and emotional responsiveness have also been shown to be crucial factors in teaching young learners.

A pair of four year-olds discuss a building project with a teacher.

Randolph students participate in a spontaneous drumming session during an outdoor break.

A teacher makes observations with a 4 year old at a brook near the school.

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Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

Thrilled to have 7 images included in the new book “Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope” This is a wonderful physical representation of the millions of people who marched all over the world on January 21st, 2017.  I marched and photographed with my family in Seattle.  ALL royalties go to Planned Parenthood.  Published by Artisan Books. Purchase your copy at Workman Publishing, Indiebound or Amazon.

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2017

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My Ride for Wall Street Journal

Danette Sawin with her 1980 Special Edition “screaming chicken” Pontiac Trans-Am – an exact replica of the car in the Burt Reynolds “Smokey and the Bandit” movies in Kenmore, Washington.  Shot on assignment for the “My Ride” section of the Wall Street Journal.

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Rise of Tattoo Removal in Guardian Weekend

Portraits in January 28 issue of Guardian Weekend Magazine with a great piece by Candice Pires. Full story here.

All photographs ©Annabel Clark 2016

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