As a part of the Center for American and World Cultures, Global Rhythm World Music Ensemble’s mission is to perform ethnic music from non-western cultures using Western and non-Western instruments. They recently created a dynamic slideshow of my still images from around the world to capture a visual heartbeat that will be incorporated into future concerts worldwide.
Margaret Fenton is a superb story teller. When you scan through all the images she captures through her lens, every candid shot in a city or place creates curiosity and serves as a loving guide to seek more information. Her photos appeal to audiences of diverse cultures and the variety of images in her portfolio allows me to say that she is always taking a big leap in her projects, living the spirit of a “global” photographer.
Srinivas Krishnan, founder
St. Matthews Area Ministries seeks to unite the resources and people of area congregations to effectively meet community needs. Through St. MAM, area congregations collaborate and partner with government, schools, businesses, and other non-profits to meet emergency needs, to stabilize families in transitional situations, to provide a nurturing and healthy environment for children and youth, and to offer resources for the benefit of the whole community. In celebration of 40 years of service, I created a documentary piece and still images to help motivate local congregations to continue their funding and support of this organization.
It is my pleasure to speak to the quality of her work, the creativity associated with this endeavor, and the professionalism she displayed throughout the project. Meg was simply a gift of the highest magnitude when it came to this historical project. From the outset, based on her approach and the questions she posed, it was apparent that we were in the hands of a consummate talent, one to be trusted implicitly and that is exactly what we did. We were not disappointed.
Dan G. Lane, executive director
WaterStep offers training to developing communities on proper health and hygiene, building and maintaining water purification systems, and how to repair hand-pumps on fresh water wells. This approach empowers members of the community to become self-sufficient, while giving them the knowledge and the tools to teach others. WaterStep’s goal is to be a catalyst to bring about real, lasting change in the communities they serve. I worked on site in India to create a series of training videos for WaterStep to help their health and hygiene efforts in North India in addition to a documentary piece and still images designed to help garner financial support.
Bridgehaven provides the highest quality community-based psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery services, education, and support to those touched by mental illness. Through individual, person-centered rehabilitation planning, they assist members in setting and achieving recovery and community integration goals. Bridgehaven was the first in Kentucky to utilize a new schizophrenia treatment, and I documented the progression of individuals through that training. The video became a motivational tool for the individuals and local donors.
Her portrayal was personal, emotional and done with utmost respect. When the film was debuted at the participant’s graduation, it was met with a tears and a standing ovation!
Donna Schuster, director of development
This foundation opened an orphanage in Tamil Nadu, India, now home to more than 60 young women. Once making a life on the streets or scraping by without even rice on their plates, the children are well on their way to a university education. After spending several days taking in the hope of these children, I produced a series of still images and a multimedia documentary piece to help build support for the organization.