As the Gay Games 9 kicks off, a portrait photography project will capture athletes, allies and spectators throughout Northeast Ohio.
Pride in the Moment, an online exhibition in conjunction with the Gay Games from Aug. 9 through 16 is funded by the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation to capture the beauty of the faces of the people involved in GG9. The exhibition will evolve in real-time and grow each day representing this unique event in northeast Ohio.
The website(s), prideinthemomentgg9cle.com and prideinthemomentgg9cle.org will go live with its first portrait images on Aug. 10 and be linked to the www.akronareaarts and www.gg9cle.com websites, along with Facebook pages and several other LGBTQ web sites involved with the Gay Games.
This artist-community engagement project was developed by the Akron Area Arts Alliance and Summit Artspace to document this unique event, profiling the participating athletes in the games and the allies in support of this once in a lifetime event in our region. The four photographers were chosen by the Gallery Committee of Summit Artspace and rose to the top after an application and extensive review process. The chosen photographers are:
Shane Wynn – Akron
Shane Wynn is the staff photographer for Akron Life magazine. A proud Akron resident, she is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at The University of Akron and small business owner of Shane Wynn Studio.
Peter Larson – Cleveland
Peter Larson is a 26-year-old photographer born and raised in Cleveland. He graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in 2010 and now works from his studio at 78th Street Studios. His early career has been focused on taking portraits of musicians. He currently shoots for VICE, iHeartRadio, The New York Times, Mom + Pop Music and takes on many special projects.
Billy Delfs – Cleveland
Billy Delfs has earned an associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and has a certificate from the International Center of Photography. Residing in Cleveland, he focuses on his natural surroundings, mixing documentary and portraiture to tell stories for magazines and advertising agencies. His clients include The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Adcom, Time Inc., The West Side Market and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
David Allan Foster – Kent
David Foster is a multimedia and photography instructor at Kent State University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in journalism education. He received his undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Kent State in 2009, and then attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Me. While in college, he was named Ohio News Photographers Association Student Photographer of the Year, in both 2006 and 2007.
The photographers have chosen events that interest them personally and will sett up their studios on-site or decide to work candidly, gathering portraits and other images that inspire them. Some of the events that will be photographed are the rodeo, dance-sport, basketball, ice-hockey, open water swim, power-lifting, cycling and sailing and cheer. They will be in the field, then return to their studios, prepare their work and upload their images each day. By the end of the week, the exhibit will be fully-developed to tell the story of this amazing week in the history of northeast Ohio and the gay community.
About Summit Artspace: Summit Artspace is a project of the Akron Area Arts Alliance in partnership with Summit County government. It is located in the historic Akron Beacon building at 140 E. Market St., one block east of the Akron Art Museum. The gallery receives support from the Gay Community Endowment of Akron Community Foundation, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Akron Community Foundation, John A. McAlonan Fund, Ohio Arts Council, the Corbin Foundation, GAR Foundation and the SUMMA Foundation.