Calumet Gallery Premieres Ken Carl’s “Joy Possible”
We are proud to present the premier exhibit of award-winning, freelance photographer Ken Carl’s photographs of children with special needs in India, entitled “Joy Possible.” The work will be on display at the Calumet Gallery adjoining our retail store at 1111 N. Cherry Ave. from May 9 through June 2, 2013. The opening reception is May 9 from 6:30 to 9 PM. All images are printed by fotoflōt.
The exhibition consists of photographs taken on a spiritually altering trip that Carl took to India several years ago where he was sent to capture the essence of the Latika Roy Foundation, a resource center in Dehradun, India for children and young adults with special needs. The opportunity came about through Momenta, an international, journalistic-based organization focused on creating unique opportunities for photographers and non-governmental organizations throughout the world. Carl’s goal was to expand his knowledge and horizon by capturing a glimpse of life in a part of the world with which he wasn’t familiar.
Regardless of his years of experience and expertise, the project came with challenges. “After two days of photographing at the foundation, I just felt a sense of failure and it was really hard,” said Carl. He finally asked for permission from the executive director of Latika Roy, Jo McKown, to visit the children at home where he could photograph them along with their families. During his visits, Carl was able to capture amazingly true images that exhibit the struggles and realities of families with their special-needs children. “These children have disabilities, yet that fact is not a barrier to being a positive light,” said Carl. “The human spirit can never be disabled.”
Carl is now ready to give people outside of India insight into these childrens’ lives with photographs full of color, emotion and joy. “This project has given me a heightened awareness of my own photography,” said Carl, “and I want to share the message that joy is possible through sharing, caring and treating each other well.”
Please join us for a special evening on May 9 and meet with Ken Carl and special guest Jo McGowen. Refreshments will be served between 6:30 and 9 PM.