Photos by C.W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective
Photos by C.W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective

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.

Kim Iezzi

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.

Mom’s Toys, Photo by C. W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective
Kim Iezzi portrays her mother, surrounded by photos from her past.

Darian Williams

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)

Guy Dancing, Photo by C. W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective
Darian Williams captures a friend’s vitality.

Dena Lowell

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

Lady with Camera, Photo by C. W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective
Dena Lowell documents her medical treatment.

Maria Nelson

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

Kids Laughing, Photo by C. W. Griffin / Iris PhotoCollective
Maria’s Nelson’s eldest son and nephew relax together.
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