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It’s back…

On November 13, Seed Effect, will be celebrating their fifth year of bringing  transformation to the people of South Sudan through Christ-centered micro-finance.

Most of you know that Elle is now their social media guru and chief storyteller, and we returned this August to capture more stories and images from the embattled region.

Come out to Seed Effect Turns Five to see my work, hear Elle’s stories, and as a special treat this year, filmmaker Trey Hill will be premiering an amazing short film.

Please join us, and help give the South Sudanese a hand-up…

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | 6-9 pm

Location:  The Laundry, 1818 Chestnut St., Dallas, TX 75226

Admission: $19 per ticket

Cocktail Party | Fundraiser | Photography Exhibit | Short Film Premier

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— andrew


 
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Images of South Sudan | Solo Exhibition

In January of this year, I was asked to shoot a job more than half-way around the world in a country I new nothing about.

Ravaged by decades of war, disease, poverty, and hopelessness, South Sudan is struggling for rebirth.

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On November 7, Seed Effect, will be celebrating their fourth year of bringing hope, love, life, and transformation to the people of South Sudan through Christ-centered micro-finance.

My life, and countless lives in Africa have been changed through the work of Seed Effect, so please help me support them by coming out for this fantastic event… anyone and everyone is invited, so please spread the word!

This is also very special to me because they will be featuring my photography from the trip in January in my first solo exhibition.  All proceeds go directly to empowering the South Sudanese people.

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Those who come will see a variety of work, all shot within a 10 day period.  From broad landscapes to intimate portraits, Africa street scenes and the beauty of nature.  All tell the story of hope and redemption for a tired yet resilient people.  A people that you can help through Seed Effect.  Not with a “hand out”, but rather with a “hand up”.

Seed Effect offers group-guaranteed small business loans, teaching folks how to start, maintain, and grow a business.  As a consequence, they can provide for their family, send their children to school, and make a better life for their community.  This movement is crucial to the success of this fledgling country.

I have seen first hand the amazing work that is happening in the world’s newest country through Seed Effect.  So please join me and support them however you can!  I hope to see all of you at Seed Effect Turns 4 in November!

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When:  November 7, 2013, 6-9pm

Where:  The Laundry | 1818 Chestnut St., Dallas, TX, 75226

More information available at SeedEffect.org/SETurns4.

–andrew

all images and content © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2013

post spring-chicken fashion

my friend, Amy, works at an upscale retirement home as an event coordinator.  she loves her job.

i’ve always been fond of wiser folks than myself (which happens to include approximately 87% of the general world population), so naturally those whom have double, triple, or even quadruple as many years as i do often capture my attention.

so when Amy asked me to come shoot her “annual senior fashion show”, i saw a great opportunity.

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the faces lacked no character.  their hearts were still warm and beating.  and their dignity seemed larger than mine.  i guess it grows with age.

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they really enjoyed themselves, but they weren’t aloof to the fact that there was an element of novelty to those of us younger folks in the audience.  and i don’t think they cared.  they know what it’s like to be young and ignorant.  they’ve earned confidence and self assurance.

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surprise, surprise.  so i got a little sentimental and reflective at the old-folks home.

my last-remaining biological grandmother passed away two weeks ago, and though it was expected and in many ways a blessing, it’s sad see another sojourner leave us.  but the flip-side of that is that she made the summit.  and it makes me happy to know that she had a pretty good time doing so.

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so i left the retirement community with a full cup.  and i get the feeling that we are missing out on something that you can only learn when you’re time’s almost up.  unfortunately, and fortunately, i don’t know what that is.

i think i’ll try to hang around the elderly a little bit more, and maybe they’ll give me a heads-up.

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2008

avett again

the avett brothers apparently love dallas.  i saw them again last thursday night at the granada for the second time in four months.  and only months before that, they performed another show here… but i missed that one.

  

once again, they brought the intense energy and raw sound that their fans have come to expect.

  

  

  

  

  

and again, it was a very enjoyable experience.  i highly recommend this band.  live especially, but i have also been enjoying their albums.  check them out as soon as possible – they’re going to be big…

all images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2008