The Way I See Now
The Josephine Herrick Project Teaching Women of Queensbridge Houses Photography
In celebration of Women’s History Month, on Sunday, March 7, Queens Theatre premiered The Way I See Now, a 10-minute short film and five spotlight featurettes about an innovative collaboration with the Josephine Herrick Project’s F-Stop initiative teaching women residents of Queensbridge Houses the artistry of photography. The Way I See Now is commissioned by Queens Theatre, directed and edited by Raja Feather Kelly.
Prior to the pandemic, the F-Stop Project brought together more than 150 residents of the NYCHA housing development for a year of free photography classes, weekend workshops, and special events. And as the pandemic forced New York City into lockdown, a group of eight women still met – virtually – for online lessons and to venture outdoors (safely and in socially distanced settings) to capture the world around them. The Way I See Now highlights the stories of five of the program’s participants: Nafisa Madhi, a 64-year resident; Marilyn Jones, a 50-year resident; Karen Green, a 65-year resident; Victoria Heath, a 44-year resident; and Shirley Mitchell, a 40-year resident. And, you can also view several of the participants’ portfolios at www.wearequeensbridge.com.
About the Josephine Herrick Project
Josephine Herrick Project (JHP) is an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches photography to and exhibits the work of underrepresented New Yorkers. Its program participants include schoolchildren in culturally diverse neighborhoods; immigrant and refugee teens; youth and adults with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities; military veterans; vulnerable seniors; and people of all ages living in public housing. JHP’s powerful programs give them the skills to see and communicate creatively across cultures and neighborhoods, helping them amplify their voices and advocate for themselves and their communities. www.jhproject.org. There, anyone wishing to explore opportunities to participate in future workshops can reach out to get involved.