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A photography project capturing the spirit and resilience of our elders.  The story of our life is written in the lines on our face.
A photography project capturing the spirit and resilience of our elders. The story of our life is written in the lines on our face.
41 backers pledged $2,917 to help bring this project to life.

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Resilience is a photography project created by Gregory Tapler. 

My belief is too many men and women in the community overlook or dismiss the elderly.  This photography project is a way for me to communicate my want for them to be honored and appreciated.  The eyes of the elderly, along with the lines on their faces, tell the story of hardship, happiness, love, heartache, pain, joy, celebration, hope and faith.  Through the years, they have experienced many things so many of us are going through today and we have so much to learn if we simply start the conversation. 

My hope is that this project brings adults closer to their parents, children closer to their grandparents, members of society closer to the grandfathers and grandmothers in their community.

Resilience begins at a senior living facility in Bethlehem, PA.  I have created a set of questions that I ask each subject.  Their responses to the questions allow me to see a bit into their world.  I follow them on their journey back in time and together we create images that capture their resilience and reflects the light within each and every one of them.  Viewing the photographs (which are a welcoming 16"x24" portrait), you are offered an opportunity to stand, be still, and read the stories they have to tell.

The money being raised will be used for the printing and mounting of each of the 30 portraits. The opening of Resilience will be held where the project began, at the residence of the elders.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Please continue to follow the progression of the project and remember, next time you see an elder in your community, say hello – and start the conversation.

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    Read the history and follow the progression of Resilience with access to and updates from the Resilience blog.

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    The previous reward plus a .pdf download of a pocket-book profiling eight (8) Resilience subjects (you could print your own book).

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    The previous rewards plus a signed soft-cover pocket book (5x8) profiling eight Resilience subjects along with their profiles AND an exclusive video of all the Resilience subjects brought to life with a musical composition created expressly for Resilience.

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    The previous rewards plus a signed 5x7 print of your Resilience subject of choice (images will be available for viewing online).

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    The previous rewards plus an invitation to the opening reception being held at the residence of the subjects. That's right, you'll meet the Resilience subjects in person.

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    Access to and updates from the blog, a signed and mounted 5x7 print of choice, plus a signed soft-cover portrait book (8x10) of ALL the Resilience subjects and their profiles.

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    Access to and updates from the blog, a signed and mounted 5x7 print of choice, a signed hard-cover portrait book (8x10) of all the Resilience subjects PLUS a personal thank you in the books' acknowledgments. Your name (or whomever you choose) remembered forever for supporting community and for supporting the idea of respect and true gratitude for our elders.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Access to and updates from the blog, a signed hard-cover portrait book (8x10) of all the Resilience subjects plus an ORIGINAL 16x24 signed print of one of the subjects of Resilience (order and choice of selection will be determined using the backer date of support starting at the earliest and ending at the latest). This is limited to the number of subjects which I estimate to be 30.

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Funding period

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