Thom at Nova | January 2020

Dear Thom,

It may seem like a silly thing, but I want you to know how much your epic high fives have meant to me over the years—thanks for playing the game.

Those high fives were a bright spot in each day when we worked together, bringing a moment of levity to the hardest of days.

Spotting you in the parking lot last October and  pulling over to give you a running, jumping high five was the happiest moment I’d had since the pandemic began. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the pure elation of that moment, and it came at a time when I desperately needed to feel a sense of joy and connection.

Thank you for all the high fives. Thank you for your kindness. Thank you for always giving your best to the projects I sent your way when we worked together. Thanks for showing up to the backyard bonfires. Thanks for helping me with my motorcycle! And thanks for letting me make this portrait of you, I love the hell out of it.

Please keep the high fives coming for as long as we both shall live. <3

With love and hope,
Candace

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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