In January, crowds gathered to admire resident Jim Storm’s portraits of residents and their pets. Jim’s Mini Art Show entitled, “With Love,” at NoHo Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood, CA, was a huge success. The photographs speak for themselves!
Over the past several years, photographer Jim Storm has been travelling and photographing people on the move, riding in Greyhound buses, exploring the north western states of Montana, North and South Dakota, with a little Nebraska thrown in on the side.
Visit CulturalWeekly.com to see the publicity Jim’s show garnered, with many more photos, including photos that were displayed at the show!
In His Own Words…
As I stepped on board with this project, I had been approached by several people asking the question, “Why? Why do you want to do something like this?” My response was shallow and I simply said, “Think it might be fun.” It’s true. I really said something like that.
It wasn’t until I really started looking at this project and asking myself the question, “Why?”, that I came to understand the really important meaning of these images, not only to me, but to all that became involved.
What strikes me foremost about doing this, seeing the final results, and coming through this process to achieve these final results, was that every single image shows the commitment and undying love that people feel for their pets. It struck me how important their lives are with that love and understanding, and how committed people are to the welfare of these animals. The more I worked, I came to realize that these relationships are by far a two-way road, and what is felt is felt by the owner and returned by their pets. It was a wonderful thing to see.
I tried to bring these images to light and capture the simple pleasure they have for their animals. I hope I have achieved this because through this process I have seen first-hand how important both lives are to each other and the joy they feel about their family.
This was a great experience for me and I learned a lot – not just that pets are pets, but what they mean in their own personal way.
I would like to express my gratitude to all that shared this journey with me.
I would also like to thank the ENGAGE organization for their support. So, THANK YOU, Sara Debevec and Nancy Goodhart, for your hard work setting this up. THANK YOU.
Photographer Jim Storm, front right.