Our visit to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York was a wonderful experience, full of poignant stories and cherished family photos. Not only were we able to explore new narratives, we also experienced how students and faculty alike are able to incorporate their celebration of their family histories into their definitions of everyday life. The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCs) at Skidmore hosted the DDFR Production Team and began the engagement with a Through A Lens Darkly screening and film discussion with Thomas Allen Harris. We spent the following day in Albany, where we were able to work with Youth FX, an organization that promotes youth involvement with film and photography in the South Albany area. Afterwards, we continued our photo sharing sessions on the Skidmore Campus, meeting various students and locals who wanted to share their stories and photos. Below are some photos and accompanying videos of the family histories that we encountered at Skidmore College.
Dorothea Truffleman shares her photos through which she speaks of the complex emotions and thoughts behind a simple vacation photo.
Father and daughter Bhawin and Maya Suchak share their family photos, as well as the story of Maya’s birth.
Daesha Devon Harris shares her photos and speaks of a family tradition handed down through generations.
Brittany Kent shares photos of her family, as well as discoveries of her family lineage and ancestry.
Later that evening, we hosted a Digital Diaspora Grand Finale where we were able to highlight some of the stories that we encountered, and welcome other members of the community to share their own.
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