Seen Being / Being Seen

An analog exploration of community. 
My dedication to analog photography is rooted my sweetest childhood memories—hours spent sifting through my grandmother’s family photo albums, wondering about the lives of those ancestors I would never know.

We live in an image-saturated society. Phones in our pockets can publish the details of our daily lives to a global audience in an instant. These digital artifacts are ephemeral, consumed thoughtlessly and forgotten the moment we scroll away.  

This series of large format, analog portraits invites us to slow down. Pause. It allows us to take a moment and think about why we should be photographed, where we stand, how we present ourselves, how we choose to be seen. It asks us to breathe, be still, stay present in the moment, and consider why we are here.

What will we leave behind for future generations?

Nieves, Connor, & Roscoe | Northampton, MA | December 2020

Jamecia | Northampton, MA | December 2020

Kerstin | Northampton, MA | December 2020

Hannah and Gaelin | Brattleboro, VT | March 2022

Thom at Nova | January 2021

Isaac at Nova | January 2021

Scout | Greenfield, MA | January 2021

Alex | Florence, MA | March 2021

Margaret | Florence, MA | May 2021

Jan | Florence, MA | May 2021

Ava | Florence, MA | May 2021

Kole | Florence, MA | February 2021

Lillie | White River Junction, VT | July 2021

Niko | Florence, MA | July 2021

Kaelan & Amanda | Middlesex, VT | July 2021

Eva  | Middlesex, VT | July 2021

Corey Kate, Willa, and Little Hazel | Middlesex, VT | July 2021

Sophie, Hazel, Wilder  | Middlesex, VT | July 2021

Katie | Florence, MA | July 2021

James | Florence, MA | July 2021

Alexander | Florence, MA | June 2021

Emily | Florence, MA | January 2022

Julie | Florence, MA | January 2022

Jesse & Tyler | Brattleboro, VT | February 2022

Candace Hope is a documentary photographer and creative producer living on the border of Southern VT & Western Massachusetts, on unceded territory of the Abenaki people (link to Native Land Map where you can learn whose land you are on). 

She studied photography at Phoenix College and The International Center for Photography. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Take Magazine, The Valley Advocate, and Imbibe Magazine, and has been exhibited at the Sharon Arts Center, the Vermont Center for Photography, and the Northampton Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Western Mass Creative awards for her work with SHOFCO, a humanitarian non-profit based in Nairobi, Kenya. A recent personal project, Ending the Silence: #metoo, was awarded a visual arts grant from the Northampton Arts Council and was exhibited at the Northampton Center for the Arts in October 2019.

In addition to her work as a photographer, Candace has extensive experience leading teams of designers, developers, illustrators, animators, copywriters and brand strategists to achieve award-winning outcomes on complex creative projects. She has managed teams working on websites, ad campaigns, capital campaigns, product packaging, brand identity, animation, and more.

Candace teaches digital media for the Vermont Governor’s Institute of the Arts each summer, and serves on the steering committee for Art Tech Nature Culture. She also serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee in the town where she lives, and periodically volunteers on the development committee for the Vermont Center for Photography.

Drop a line if you’d like to collaborate on a project.

2019 Northampton Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant for Ending the Silence
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Best of Show (Concept Development)
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Gold x3 (Producer)
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Judge’s Choice x3 (Producer)
2015 Western MA Creative Awards,  Best of Show, SHOFCO (Photographer)
2015 Western MA Creative Awards, Gold Award, SHOFCO (Photographer)

2019 @33 Hawley, Portraits of Pathlight, Group Show
2019 Northampton Center for the Arts, Ending the Silence: #metoo, Solo Show
2016 Vermont Center for Photography, Group Show, Juried Exhibition
2016 Sharon Arts Center, Group Show, Contemporary Works In, On, and Around Music

2016 Take Magazine
2016 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
2015 The Valley Advocate
2015 Fast Company
2014 The Huffington Post

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