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Community In Crisis – A Visual Diary: An Exhibition of Photography

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Iaiela Saldivar: Untitled_PIerson High School Memorial Day 2020 (May 28, 2020 at 13 08)

Iaiela Saldivar: Untitled_PIerson High School Memorial Day 2020 (May 28, 2020 at 13 08)

GIanna Ekstra.

GIanna Ekstra. "Check Out Late March." Pierson High School GIanna Ekstra

Emelia Baltz.

Emelia Baltz. "Empty Shelves." Pierson HIgh School Emelia Baltz

Emelia Baltz.

Emelia Baltz. "Dad." Pierson High School Emelia Baltz

GIanna Ekstra.

GIanna Ekstra. "King Kullen Late March." Pierson High School GIanna Ekstra

Brooke Esposito.

Brooke Esposito. "K Pasa." Pierson High School Brooke Esposito

Brooke Esposito.

Brooke Esposito. "Sag Harbor, April 22" Pierson High School Brooke Esposito

Lillian McGuire.

Lillian McGuire. "Long Beach at Sunset." Pierson HIgh School Lillian McGuire

Iaiela Saldivar.

Iaiela Saldivar. "Marilyn." Pierson High School (May 28, 2020 at 13:03) Iaiela Saldivar

Gianna Ekstra.

Gianna Ekstra. "Kitchen May 13." Pierson High School Gianna Ekstra

GIanna Ekstra.

GIanna Ekstra. "Olive, May 13." Pierson High School GIanna Ekstra

GIanna Ekstra.

GIanna Ekstra. "Photography Class, May 14." Pierson High School GIanna Ekstra

Mia Gangemi.

Mia Gangemi. "Self Portrait." Pierson High School Mia Gangemi

Esrin Acar.

Esrin Acar. "Ailyn." Pierson High School Esrin Acar

Sofie Healy.

Sofie Healy. "Mom." Pierson High School Sofie Healy

Sofie Healy.

Sofie Healy. "Masks, May 7." Pierson High School Sofie Healy

Sophie Healy.

Sophie Healy. "Car Ride, May 8." Pierson High School Sophie Healy

Esrin Acar.

Esrin Acar. "Self-Prortrait." Pierson High School Esrin Acar

Esrin Acar.

Esrin Acar. "Family Memorial Day." Pierson High School Esrin Acar

Phoebe Topping.

Phoebe Topping. "Horse Back, May 13." PIerson High School Phoebe Topping

Phoebe Topping.

Phoebe Topping. "Friends." Pierson High School Phoebe Topping

Emelia Baltz.

Emelia Baltz. "Untitled." Pierson High School Distancing Emelia Baltz

Emelia Baltz.

Emelia Baltz. "Family." Pierson High School Emelia Baltz

Emelia Baltz.

Emelia Baltz. "Untitled." Pierson High School Emelia Baltz

Sofie Healy. Protest-Small Sag Harbor. Pierson High School

Sofie Healy. Protest-Small Sag Harbor. Pierson High School Sofie Healy

Sofie Healy.

Sofie Healy. "Protest." Pierson High School Sofie Healy

Sofie Healy.

Sofie Healy. "Cameras_ small." Pierson High School Sofie Healy

Iaila Saldivar.

Iaila Saldivar. "Silence." Pierson High School Iaila Saldivar

Delania Healy.

Delania Healy. "Life Guard." Pierson High School Delania Healy

Iaila Saldivar.

Iaila Saldivar. "Long Beach." Pierson High SChool Iaila Saldivar

Stefania De Felice.

Stefania De Felice. "Sunset." Pierson High School Stefania De Felice

Iaiela Saldivar.

Iaiela Saldivar. "Memorial Day, 2020." Pierson High School Iaiela Saldivar

Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish. "Empty Streets." Pierson High School Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish. "Protest Meets Pandemic" Pierson High School Abigail Corish

Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish. "Village Dog Walks." Pierson High School Abigail Corish

Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish. "Six-Feet Apart." Pierson High School Abigail Corish

Abigail Corish.

Abigail Corish. "Panic Shelves." Pierson High School Abigail Corish

Ava Albinson.

Ava Albinson. "Dad." Pierson High School. Ava Albinson

Ava Albinson.

Ava Albinson. "Untitled." Pierson High School. Ava Albinson

Ava Albinson.

Ava Albinson. "Untitled." Pierson High School. Ava Albinson

Ava Albinson.

Ava Albinson. "Untitled." Pierson High School. Ava Albinson

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "The New Normal." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Shopping." Pierson High School Emily Squires. "The New Normal." Pierson High School

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Back Street Driver." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Country Deli." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Practice Social Distancing." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Social Distance." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Work." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Essential." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Hope." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "Progress." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "The Masked Lady." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Emily Squires.

Emily Squires. "The Movie of Our Lives." Pierson High School Emily Squires

Hailey Nill.

Hailey Nill. "Grocery Shopping." Pierson High School Hailey Nill

Hailey Nill.

Hailey Nill. "Main Street." Pierson High School Hailey Nill

Hailey Nill.

Hailey Nill. "Peaceful Protest." Pierson High School Hailey Nill

Hailey Nill.

Hailey Nill. "Sister in Quarentine." Pierson High School Hailey Nill

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez.

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez. "Lunch." Pierson High School Ngelika Tobias Narvaez

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez.

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez. "Family Time." Pierson High School Ngelika Tobia Narvaez

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez.

Ngelika Tobias Narvaez. "School." Pierson High School Ngelika Tobias Narvaez

Noelle Caufield.

Noelle Caufield. "Shelter In Place." Pierson High School Noelle Caufield

Noelle Caufield.

Noelle Caufield. "Remote Learning." Pierson High School Noelle Caufield

Tess Norris.

Tess Norris. "Beach, Part 2." Pierson High School Tess Norris

Tess Norris.

Tess Norris. "Beach." Pierson High School Tess Norris

Tess Norris.

Tess Norris. "Shopping." Pierson High School Tess Norris

Ashley Palacios.

Ashley Palacios. "Unititled 1." East Hampton High School Ashley Palacios

Ashley Palacios.

Ashley Palacios. "Unititled 2." East Hampton High School Ashley Palacios

Ashley Palacios.

Ashley Palacios. "Untitled 3." East Hampton High School Ashley Palacios

Brianna Calle.

Brianna Calle. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School

Emmett Harrington.

Emmett Harrington. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School Emmett Harrington

Lauren Gabbard.

Lauren Gabbard. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School Lauren Gabbard

Lily Valleau-Lowney.

Lily Valleau-Lowney. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School Lily Valleau-Lowney

Matthew Rosario.

Matthew Rosario. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School Matthew Rosario

Matthew Rosario.

Matthew Rosario. "Untitled 2." East Hampton High School Matthew Rosario

McKenzie Simons.

McKenzie Simons. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School McKenzie Simons

McKenzie Simons.

McKenzie Simons. "Untitled 2." East Hampton High School McKenzie Simons

Nicholas Guaman.

Nicholas Guaman. "Untitled 1." East Hampton High School

Nicholas Guaman.

Nicholas Guaman. "Untitled 2." East Hampton High School Nicholas Guaman

Andrew Spina.

Andrew Spina. "Point of No Return." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Andrew Spina

Andrew Spina.

Andrew Spina. "Stronger Together." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Andrew Spina

Cori Breunig.

Cori Breunig. "Best Friends." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Cori Breunig

Cori Breunig.

Cori Breunig. "NY Strong." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Cori Breunig

Cori Breunig.

Cori Breunig. "Time Well Spent." Academy at Bixhorn Tech

Ella Donahue.

Ella Donahue. "Mask On." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Ella Donahue

Ella Donahue.

Ella Donahue. "Face to Face(Time)." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Ella Donahue

Emma Babbino.

Emma Babbino. "Divided But Equal." Academy at Bixhorn Tech

Erica Mendez.

Erica Mendez. "Free From The Virus." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Erica Mendez

Erica Mendez.

Erica Mendez. "Visiting Grandpa." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Erica Mendez

Graciela Molina.

Graciela Molina. "Birds in a Cage." Academy at Bixhorn Tech

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Aisle 13." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Altruistic." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Forced Diet." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Growing Pains." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Partly Cloudy." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Jillian Flannery.

Jillian Flannery. "Warning Signs." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Jillian Flannery

Julia Marsala.

Julia Marsala. "Through the Looking Glass." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Julia Marsala

Julia Marsala.

Julia Marsala. "Darkness Approaching." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Julia Marsala

Julia Marsala.

Julia Marsala. "Hands of Creativity." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Julia Marsala

Natalie Espinoza.

Natalie Espinoza. "Staying Clean." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Natalie Espinoza

Sabrina Ringky.

Sabrina Ringky. "Eid Al-Fitr Amidst Lockdown." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Sabrina Ringky

Sabrina Ringky.

Sabrina Ringky. "Turning on The News." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Sabrina Ringky

Seth Osman.

Seth Osman. "It Takes a Family to Make a Home in the Shadows of COVID-19." Academy at Bixhorn Tech Seth Osman

authorStaff Writer on Jul 8, 2020

Introduction
 

The purpose of the exhibition Community in Crisis is to create a visual diary of life on the East End of Long Island during the pandemic from the perspective of high school students.

It documents their personal and our community’s experience living though the extraordinary, unforeseen circumstances in which we find ourselves.

In their photographs, students have documented people, places, routines, activities and events that are both usual and unusual, both evidence of how we’ve been required to adapt to the present situation and also that demonstrates continuity and normalcy.

In no way does this exhibition provide a comprehensive understanding of our experiences or document fully what’s transpired. Photography itself is subjective. Our hope is that in a small way, we can share a point of view and provide evidence, a visual memory about this uncertain spring.

Students from three schools participated in the exhibition: The Academy at the Bixhorn Center, East Hampton High School and Pierson High School. I want to thank my colleagues Elizabeth Grafer from Bixhorn, Sheila Batiste from East Hampton and Liz Cataletto from Pierson for their extraordinary efforts collecting work and putting the exhibition together. It would be an understatement to say that their efforts were way beyond the call of duty.

The challenges of mounting the exhibition were significant. We’ve all been teaching online since early March. We’re used to seeing our students every day, being able to talk with them directly and at length about their work. Because of circumstances, our communication with them has been much more limited and difficult.

Special thanks to Kathryn and Gavin Menu from The Sag Harbor Express, 27east.com and The Express News Group and Cathy Creedon of the John Jermain Memorial Library for hosting our online exhibition and to Michelle Trauring for her article about the event.

Most thanks goes to the participating students who in a world whose most important characteristic is uncertainty continued to take pictures, to bear witness and by doing so have created a lasting record .

Peter Solow, Pierson High School

 

Practicing photography during quarantine has been pretty difficult, for as I’ve experienced some difficulties with finding inspiration and motivation. It’s hard trying to take photos when the world is on lockdown, many places that I would turn to for creativity are closed or have restrictions. Until recently, I didn't have my own laptop or platform to edit my photos, which was very difficult trying to upload and stylize my images. I also very much enjoy doing film, seeing as the only camera I actually own is of that type, developing and making prints was one of my favorite things to do while in BOCES and I hope to practice it in college as well. Now that the school year is nearing the end I currently do not have my own camera which searching for the right one will be my next mission.

Ella Donahue, Academy at Bixhorn Tech

 

The first cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. were in January. The numbers continued to double as the months passed. Two months later, schools began to close, yet the numbers were still drastically increasing. Soon, a lockdown was in hand and contact from one another, exposure to the outside world was limited. Fear ran through people's veins, flooded with questions and what's to come. Plans were cancelled, dreams were put to a halt and students’ futures seemed to be at stake. Anxiety flourished through every household. Some did not have enough food, not enough money, jobs were lost and life was sat on thin ice for some, or so it seemed that way. As the months passed, we grew stronger and began learning to cope despite being closed off from the world that once seemed so lively. Though separated, we were brought together, understanding one another because it wasn't just a one country problem. It was a global pandemic. We suffered together.

Being locked indoors isn't a familiarity with many citizens. It's human nature to socialize and make connections. Now we are told to be patient, but things may not go back to normal for a while, for years perhaps. For a month or two I had been panicking about almost everything. I usually don't ponder over my thoughts when I'm in class, since I'm always doing something to occupy myself. Being home meant being trapped within my mind and I'm sure that's the case with many people. Remote learning is not only new for me but many other students. At first, it was very frustrating, but it ended up running efficiently once I got the hang of it. The fact that we're overcoming this pandemic, living double lives — our home and work lives, means that we're really strong. Stronger than we may know. There are students who graduated this year, not being able to attend the ceremony that past graduates had, not being able to go to prom which they dreamed of since they were kids, not being able to move out right away, having so many thoughts which all ask, "Will I make it?" I graduate next year, but since we hear the situations on the news, it made me have constant self-doubt that perhaps I won't graduate, perhaps my dream of studying abroad won't come true, that I'll probably end up failing, that I won't have any money in my hands. Irrational thoughts would overtake my mind. But now I see how much of a hard worker I really am, how strong I really am, how strong all these students are for being able to still work through despite everything seeming to fall apart around them. I believe things will work out, life has its perks sometimes. You never know what will happen.

We are all suffering together during this hard time. We worry if our loved ones are alright, if they are keeping safe. Many people have lost their lives, where they couldn't be near their loved ones. My family is from Bangladesh and the rate of the virus continues to grow in South Asia while East Asia and Europe continues to decrease. My family knows a few people who have caught the virus, one of them being a family member. She says she's doing better than before, but her mother continues to cry because she's not even able to comfort her own daughter, unsure of the unknown, clouded by the deaths caused by the virus. The pandemic had hurt us all in one shape or form, but it also made us strong and once it's over, we'll be stronger than we ever were.

Despite how dark the world may seem now, shed a little light by being there for one another. We need it more than ever. Be sure to let your loved ones and friends know you care, be generous to others because we are all having a hard time. We'll come out stronger than before, more grateful too. We may be on pause at the moment, but we'll be steaming out fuels soon. We just have to keep holding onto hope.

Sabrina Ringky, Academy at Bixhorn Tech

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