Five of the 15 Bloomberg Fellows were selected for a documentary project by Iris PhotoCollective. Geoff Bergey was introduced in the first two panels. Here, we see the other four fellows: Kim Iezzi, Darian Williams, Maria Nelson and Dena Lowell. Elements of their stories of healing and resilience unfold through the Big Picture: Resilience photo panels in the park and additional information on this website.
Inspired by the photo workshop, Kim created a photo essay about her mother, who has lost her memory to Alzheimer.
My mother taught me everything except how to live without her. –Anonymous
Kim Iezzi portrays her mother (pictured right), surrounded by photos from her past.
I like to think of friendships like when you plugged a power strip into itself as a kid and thought you found unlimited energy. – Darian Williams
Darian Williams captures a friend’s vitality. (pictured right)
It’s been weeks without a written expression of gratitude. It’s been exactly 2 years since my second chemo treatment. It kicked my ass. I was hungry all the time but eating tasted like metal and pennies. I had visions of bacon cheeseburgers. Cravings for stuffed grape leaves. cucumbers and eggplant parmesan. I was dreaming of food. –Dena Lowell
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. –Michael Jordan
Getting up close to capture a photo can give you a feeling of being in on a private joke and witnessing a special moment between cousins that only see each other once a year. –Maria Nelson