The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: This thread is not affiliated with any company; I’m just featuring projects that I find.  Please DO NOT send me your work.  I do not take submissions.

Today’s featured artist:  John Huet

Last year Phil Johnson at @agencypja reached out to ask if I’d be interested in working on a pro-bono project for College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing systemic, generational urban poverty and violence by helping formerly gang-involved individuals go to college and start a new life. I had the honor of meeting many of these students and capturing their resilience as part of College Bound’s “Uncornered Photo Documentary” project. The project reveals the power of choosing something different and the universal experience of what it means to be Uncornered, whether you’re a powerful public figure, an athlete, a business leader, a celebrity or gang involved.

Now through August 25, my portraits and the stories of these students and many of Boston’s prominent public figures, including Mayor Marty Walsh, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, State Street’s Chief Diversity Officer Paul Francisco, Emmy-winning journalist Andrea Kremer, and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, to name a few, will be on display at the Boston Common.

WHERE: Boston Common, adjacent to the Little League Field. Enter through the Charles Street entrance, midway between the corners of Boylston St. and Beacon St.

WHEN: August 13-25, 2019

To see more of this project, click here.

WHO:  Photographer John Huet donated his time to photograph more than two dozen people including the following public figures:

  • Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston
  • Rep. Ayanna Pressley, (D) Massachusetts
  • William Gross, Boston Police Commissioner
  • Steven Tompkins, Sherriff Suffolk County
  • Andrea Kremer, NFL Hall of Fame sports broadcaster
  • Miceal Chamberlain, Massachusetts President of Bank of America
  • Linda Dorcena Forry, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations, Suffolk Construction
  • Jim Rooney, President and CEO Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Francisco, Chief Diversity Officer, State Street Corporation.
  • Karen Kaplan, Hill Holiday Chair and CEO
  • Callie Crossley, WGBH Host
  • Claude Dielna, Portland Timbers

Photographs of several Boston Uncornered students, staff and leaders will also be part of the exhibit:

  • Mark Culliton, College Bound Dorchester CEO
  • Michelle Caldeira, College Bound Dorchester Senior Vice President
  • Conan Harris, College Bound Dorchester Vice President of Policy and External Affairs
  • Raul Morales, Boston Uncornered student
  • Irvin Woods, Boston Uncornered student
  • Paul Burns, Boston Uncornered student
  • Alex Diaz, Boston Uncornered student
  • Kismauri Pena, Boston Uncornered student
  • Brittany Baldwin, Boston Uncornered student
  • Quaknesha Garvin Johnson, College Bound Dorchester
  • Elias Perea, College Readiness Advisor
  • Will Dunn, College Readiness Advisor
  • Francisco DePina, College Readiness Advisor
  • Luis Rodrigues, College Readiness Advisor
  • Lealah Fulton, College Bound Dorchester staff

WHY: The journey Boston Uncornered students make from the corner to college has the power to transform Boston, where the one percent of young people (those who are gang involved) occupy the five percent of city’s street corners where nearly 75 percent of the city’s shootings take place. Those with the charisma, influence and ingenuity necessary to form and run gangs are natural leaders. They know how to get others to follow. Boston Uncornered is turning these leaders of gangs into respected members of the city who will lead others toward education and well-paying jobs rather than lives of crime.

To donate to this organization, chick here

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s.  After establishing the art buying department at The Martin Agency, then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies, she decided to be a consultant in 1999. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information because she believes that marketing should be driven by brand and not by specialty.  Follow her at @SuzanneSeaseInstagram

Success is more than a matter of your talent. It’s also a matter of doing a better job presenting it.  And that is what I do with decades of agency and in-house experience.


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