May 09 , 2021

Dylan,

I should tell you about my dream last night before it slips away—we were walking through a magic orchard, filled with milkweed bursting into clouds.

There was a tiny cabin. We climbed to the top and watched the full moon rise. I knew it wasn’t a particular full moon but every full moon, and we watched them rise from the roof and every hilltop in Vermont all at once. There were more shooting stars than we could count and the sand was sparkling underfoot.

The world around us stopped. We scampered down a river of rocks and built a mud yurt in the field while searching for evidence of our ephemeral existence in the woods.

We woke up sleeping outside and found ourselves lost in a liminal space as darkness descended. You helped me move the moons and I helped you build a house, then I accidentally locked myself out. You were stuck inside, wrestling with a lizard—the psychic siphon draining your soul—and I left you there fighting for your life. Alone.

I woke up startled but covered my eyes and willed myself back to the dream. Back to this moment at the beginning, on the roof of the cabin, when my ear was pressed against your chest and I could feel your poems reverberate inside my body — it felt like I was home.

Dylan | Florence, MA | December 2020

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.


Awards      
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)

Exhibitions      
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

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


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