Friday, April 6, 2018

CPDP collaboration | Three In One Vision exhibition

A wonderfully fun video promoting the upcoming "Three In One Vision" exhibition that CPDP chief photographer Lloyd Wolf will be part of soon with colleagues, photographers Andrew Biraj and Shibly Shiraj. It's good work, much of it featuring many previously unpublished images of the Bangladeshi community along Columbia Pike. 
Take a look - and we hope to see you there!

When: April 27-29, 2018
April 27, Friday 3:00pm-8:45 pm. Main events and the opening remarks begin at 7:00 pm
April 28, Saturday 9:00am- 9:00 pm
April 29, Sunday 1:00pm-8:00 pm
Walter Reed Community Centre, 2909 16th St S, Arlington, Virginia 22204
Please join us for this interesting exhibition.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Patrick Henry School community mapping photo workshop (meta experiences)

Students in Mr. Nathan Erwin's third grade class at Patrick Henry Elementary School, just off Columbia Pike, are preparing for a class community mapping project. As part of that project, CPDP photographer Lloyd Wolf presented a program about documenting diversity in the Columbia Pike area, and then worked with the class on basic camera use and visual strategies.

Every elementary school student in Arlington is issued an iPad, which has a pretty useful camera function built in it. The students, who are quite digitally savvy, used them to make portraits of one another, paying attention primarily to composition and expression.

These photographs are of the students at work, and it's interesting to see the many layers of imagery that resulted. Good stuff.

CPDP will be doing additional workshops with the students again later this semester.

Thanks to Mr. Erwin and his lively class for this opportunity to both learn and share. Bright eyes.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ethiopian Christmas party- annual celebration at ECDC

The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), long headquartered along Columbia Pike, holds an annual community-wide event to celebrate the end of the Christmas cycle according to Ethiopian church practice.

Thanks to Dr. Teferra and to his exceptional staff, and to members of the Arlington County Board, particularly new Board Chair Katie Cristol, who made welcoming remarks.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.

Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol with ECDC executive Dr. Tsehaye Teferra

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ECDC - First Thanksgiving dinner for refugees; a new year

Every year the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) hosts a dinner for newly-arrived refugees to our area; allowing them to experience their first Thanksgiving in their new country.

Numerous volunteers from religious institutions, civic organizations, and other caring citizens arrange food and entertainment, helping to set up and serve the meals. There were about 200 people celebrating this year, including refugee families, ECDC staff, and volunteers.

This year's refugee families came from Eritrea, Uganda, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Columbia, and other troubled places around the globe.

They were made to feel safe and welcome.

Refuge from the storms, both abroad and in our own nation.

(A shout out to members of Fabrangen, CPDP photographer Lloyd Wolf's spiritual community, who have been working with a newly-arrived Eritrean family. Kol hakavod. Ruth Stromberg, Sue Hoechstetter and Doris Hamburg were among the many who lent a hand at the event).

Thank you to Bridget Weisenreder and the rest of the caring and capable staff and leadership at ECDC for their help and great hearts.

Photography by Lloyd Wolf.