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Hello! My name is Dana Scherer, and I'm a portrait photographer based in Philadelphia. I've been working on a documentary photography project over the past year, and I need your support to continue!
The project beganlast spring when I crossed paths with musicians Jerrell Jackson and Vena Johnson. As a photographer, I had been looking for a project to work on, related to under-privileged children and their access to a nurturing and healthy childhood. Childhood is such a consequential time, and I've always wanted to do a project that documents the spirit of children facing difficult situations, and their will to aspire to bigger dreams.
When I met them, Jerrell and Vena had recently returned from performing and teaching music to children in Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem, and Ramallah. The experience left them changed and inspired to give back, so they created The Duo Recital, a series of concerts in Philadelphia and Virginia aimed at raising awareness and funds for music education in Palestine. Their friend and guitarist, Jordan Perry, deeply moved by their experience, also joined the Duo Recital.
As a photographer, I felt the work they were doing was important because it wasn't about politics, or religion; it was about what can bring us together.It was about the transformative power of music and artistic expression in children's lives, and the space it honors for them to create and realize greater dreams. I knew I had found the project I was looking for.
I began documenting their rehearsals and concert series in the U.S. this past spring, and now Jordan and I have the opportunity to travel in December, together with Jerrell and Vena, as they return to the Holy Land. They will all perform with the International Baroque Festival, and teach music to children through the Al-Kamandjati Music School. My role will be to tell the stories of the children and the music, through photography.
When we return from our trip, we'll hold an opening reception for Documenting Harmony: Music Education in the Holy Land; where we'll share our experience, the images from our trip, and hold a special concert. We hope you'll join us on the journey and support this important work!
We need your support!
This is a huge opportunity to tell the stories of children who are facing difficult circumstances, yet are finding hope and inspiration through music. Anything you can contribute will be so vital to enabling this project to have a bigger reach. We'll also be giving away some great incentives (to the right), so you'll get something in return for your contribution - And don't forget to share with your circle of friends!
All funds will be used to cover airfare and travel logistics, as well as material and production costs.
Kickstarter is an 'all or nothing' platform, which means that the funding is only released if I reach or exceed my goal. If the goal is not reached by November 28th, all the pledged will be canceled.
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