An exhibition at the Nelson Public Library showcases Blaise Enright’s photographic skill and an inspiring project aimed at bridging the intergenerational divide.
The latest in a series of photography projects, Enright’s images contribute the visual narrative to the book Growing Together, Conversations with Seniors and Youth by Lee Reid in collaboration with Nelson Cares. Growing Together contains conversations between seniors and L.V. Rogers Grade 11 students on topics that included loneliness, depression, climate change, gender oppression, the “Me Too” movement, old and young love, and hopes for the future.
A selection of photographs from the book make up the Library exhibition. Included are scenes depicting the dialogue between the generations, and group shots that illustrate the bond between the participants that was developed through the process.
Blaise Enright studied photography, film and creative writing at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. She worked at the College for 14 years before heading west, where she worked for arts organizations while continuing her photographic pursuits.
In 1997 a photo-documentary project with co-creator Barry Peterson became a touring exhibition called “Lit Happens”; in 2012 it became a book published by Mother Tongue Press titled 111 West Coast Literary Portraits.
The exhibition continues until the end of December.
Photo Credit — Blaise Enright