An abiding interest in imagery, human connection and storytelling often lures photographers to their craft. The medium encourages an exploration of subjects and issues and allows for creativity, Julia Luckett, 25, of Shelburne said. She will join Rick Peyser, Janice Nadworny and Charlene Farmer-Lewey to host a gallery opening from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea in Burlington on April 1.
The event is part of the Vermont Arts 2016, a project of the Vermont Arts Council.
Luckett’s portion of the exhibit focuses on work she accomplished with local non-profit Food 4 Farmers. She offers a window into the daily lives of Nicaraguan coffee farmers. Profits from the event will go towards funding a trip Luckett is taking in May to Mexico and Guatemala with Food 4 Farmers.
Food 4 Farmers helps coffee-farming families, cooperatives and community-based organizations identify challenges, resources and strategies to build long-term solutions for ending hunger.
I spoke to Luckett about her journey on March 16.
Lynn Monty: Tell me about your mission.
Julia Luckett: I create photographs to process my life and surroundings. It helps me connect with people and to find beauty in all the complexities of the human experience.
LM: Why is this kind of work significant for the greater good?
JL: Food 4 Farmers is a non-profit that works with coffee communities in Latin America to address the problem of chronic seasonal hunger. Food 4 Farmers provides coffee communities with information on how they can diversify their income, nutrition and live a healthier life. The effect of this positive work is immediate in their personal lives, families, local economy and leads to a positive chain of events that contributes to the health of coffee industry. This exhibit offers a window into the daily lives of Nicaraguan coffee farmers and the powerful impact of their work.
LM: What do you hope people walk away with after seeing your exhibit?
JL: I hope that people can connect with photographs and see how similar we all are. We all desire to live a happy life, to find satisfaction in our work, to provide for our families. Food 4 Farmers works in coffee communities because there is a hunger for change and people want to learn and live the best life possible. I hope my photographs can help convey their story.
LM: What else would you like readers to know?
JL: This May I will be traveling to the Chiapas, Mexico and Nebaj, Guatemala with Marcela Pino and Janice Nadworny. Both are founders of Food 4 Farmers. We will continue to document the work in coffee communities. One of the most important things about Food 4 Farmers as a non-profit is that they work with communities over a very long period of time, and they only move on from a project when it is fully operational and run by the locals. This May I’ll be meeting local coffee farmers and hearing their stories of working with Food 4 Farmers. I’ll be photographing a lot of folks who have learned to diversify their income through Food 4 Farmers, such as bee-keeping. If you’d like to help fund this trip please get in touch with me (802-881-8572 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Food 4 Farmers.
For more information visit http://julialuckett.com/f4f-ug-event-042016.