Convent of the Sacred Heart Upper School art teacher, Ms. Kev Filmore, has a gift for turning ordinary photos into a work of art. The photos featured in Ms. Filmore’s most recent exhibition expose the life and diversity of her hometown, Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
The exhibition, which took place on Sunday November 4 at the Black Cow Coffee Company, gave all viewers the opportunity to see her hometown through a different lens.
Ms. Filmore set out to take these pictures in her community not only as an interesting project, but also as an attempt to bridge the diversity gap that she feels exists in the community by showcasing the activities in which children of many different ethnic backgrounds participate. What comes across in looking at these pictures is that there are more similarities then differences. Simply put, children playing, no matter their background, all look the same.
“I started this because I do not like prejudice. People in my village put down the newcomers and I wanted to capture and put these families in a new light. I saw the neighborhood and depicted it to show my message,” Ms. Filmore said.
Not only did Ms. Filmore capture the essence of Croton-on-Hudson within her photos, but she also captured a universal message, to not judge others based on assumptions.
Ms. Filmore expressed her love of photography by explaining the dedication and willingness that must be present while taking photos. She went on to explain how a photographer needs to be passionate about his or her work, while making it personal and unique.
“You have to have a unique combination. You have to be incredibly talented, have incredible drive, and work very hard; you have to love it,” Ms. Filmore said.
Some of the Sacred Heart faculty went to see Ms. Filmore’s photographs and were moved by the entire exhibition.
“They are exquisite, both technically and artistically,” Upper School history teacher Ms. De Sutter said. “They give a presence and a visibility to people who don’t normally have that. They give them a visual voice.”
– Madison Sirabella, Staff Writer