"Resilience Through the Lens" a Photovoice Exhibit Opening Reception! Meet the researchers, the photographers and have a conversation....
Resilience Through the Lens is a photovoice exhibit of the currents strengths and challenges ahead for Franklin County, Florida. These photographs were taken by local residents participating in the Healthy Gulf, Health Communities project based at the University of Florida.
Following the 2010 BP oil spill, the Health Gulf, Health Communities team has been working in Franklin County to help learn about the ecological, psychological, and social impacts of the spill and to identify lessons learned by local residents to help prepare for future crises.
Resilience Through the Lens asked local residents of Franklin County to consider four questions about their communities:
What makes your community a resilient community?
What are the challenges faced by your community?
What is currently being done to improve your community?
What are opportunities for future improvements in your community?
Twenty people from all walks of life in Franklin County contributed to this project. Their perspectives and thoughts shaped this exhibit and we thank all of them for contributing to this exhibit.
What is Photovoice?
Photovoice is a community-based participatory research approach that brings together photography and critical discussion to examine important issues from the perspectives of local residents.
Photographs allow us to see the world through other peoples’ eyes. Photovoice takes that precious ability and challenges us to identify and address the social problems we face as a community. By asking community members to highlight local strengths and weaknesses through the lens, we can ask ourselves whether we too, can see those issues in the same light.
And if we do share a common view, we are already one step closer to working together to improve our community. By raising our group consciousness about our strengths and weaknesses, we can have critical discussions and dialogues about how to make things better. And through these dialogues can come change.