100 Lenses project on display until Sept. 25

Published 8:11 pm Saturday, July 4, 2009

What you see in “The Exhibit” at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital here is the culmination of the work of high school students.

The view is through their eyes — Black Belt 100 Lenses, a 35 mm camera project that examines the culture of the Black Belt region.

“Black Belt 100 Lenses allows its participants to use photography, film interviews and oral narratives to portray the daily experience of life in Alabama’s Black Belt,” said Whitney Green, arts coordinator of the Black Belt Community Foundation.

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The Black Belt Community Foundation, the sponsor of this program, is a non-profit organization supporting community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation and success of the region. The foundation is based in Selma.

The lenses project is one supported by the Foundation and has been for at least two years.

“The Exhibit” includes photographs from Greene, Hale, Perry, Macon and Sumter counties, which will be on display at the hospital until Sept. 25. A public reception is scheduled for Sunday, July 12, from 1:30 until 3 p.m.

The pilot program for Black Belt 100 Lenses began in Sumter County in 2007, and since have expanded to Greene, Hale, Macon and Perry counties, Green said.

The program will include the remaining seven counties of the Black Belt served by the Black Belt Community Foundation, including Dallas County, during the next few years.

For a look at the photographs that are part of this year’s exhibit and previous exhibits in other counties, go to http://blackbelt100lenses.org.