Monthly Archive:: September 2014

Will Jackson

A special request (and offer) from noted photographer (and Sworl fan) Wes Paz:

“My mentor Jim Clark just retired from his photography career, and I’d like to acknowledge his contribution to my life by helping raise funds for Youth in Focus, an organization that uses after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. Would you help me?”

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“In 1979, at age 17, I was given a life-changing chance to become a photojournalist. At a time when I didn’t have a plan, the kindness of news photographer Jim Clark helped shape my future. Now, 35 years into an extraordinary journey that’s included six newspapers, dozens of magazines, worldwide assignments and various photo-related businesses, I have an opportunity to return the favor and I hope you can help me!

Youth in Focus is a Seattle-based organization that for 20 years has used after-school photography programs to help at-risk youth find purpose in their lives. It can guide them through uncertainty about their futures and connect them to a community that cares for them. Thousands of young lives have been positively and permanently transformed.

“Since Jim Clark just retired from his photography career—he was most recently on the staff of Oregon’s Gresham Outlook—I would like to acknowledge his contribution to my life in part through a charitable contribution to Youth in Focus.

“I hope I can help raise a substantial portion of the $10,000 needed to run their program for a quarter.

“Please consider helping me ‘pay it forward’ by making a tax-deductible contribution to Youth in Focus in the name of my mentor, Jim Clark. Contributions can be as little as $10 and donating will take just a moment on the Youth in Focus website. Please be sure to mention in the comments section that you’re contributing to the Jim Clark program sponsorship. And if you’re a personal friend of Jim, please don’t share details with him—it’s meant to be a surprise!”

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“For the first ten people to donate $250 or more, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 9 x 9 print of your choice from my Facebook Album (Image size 5″ x 5″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver) And if you donate over $1,000, I’ll send you a Sworl-framed 17 x 17 print! (Image size 11″ x 11″, white mat, quality wood frame in White, Black, Espresso or Silver.)

 “Sworl, by the way, is a fantastic app—it’s fun, easy and only takes a couple minutes to make an order. The quality of prints, mats and frames is great, and I love the way the frames are packaged and how fast they arrive. It’s better than sending flowers and lasts a lot longer!

“Thank you for joining me in supporting a safe, encouraging, skills-building program for at-risk youth—and for helping me to acknowledge the generosity extended to me by Jim Clark at that pivotal moment in my own youth.

“The time for action is NOW! Youth in Focus is celebrating its 20th Anniversary on October 4th—details are on their website if you’d like to attend. Please feel free to forward this post to see how many potential contributors we can reach. I truly appreciate your partnership in this goal!”

Wes Paz, Image Production Director, Nordstrom.com

—As told to Will Jackson

#YouthinFocusTurns20

All photos: Wes Paz

Will Jackson

This birthday photo was printed and framed by Marion Richards, Seattle, WA, to hang in her home.

“I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

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“I took this photo of my son James on his fourth birthday last September. It was in the morning…he’d just opened his presents and these were his two favorites. The Spiderman car his big sister chose for him—Ruby was six—and the bulldozer was from his grandparents in South Africa.  He was lying on the couch playing with them and I snapped the picture. Later, I framed this, my favorite of his birthday photos, with Sworl.”

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“My husband usually takes the best pictures so I was pretty pleased to catch this one. I took it in our living room where there’s a lot of natural light. Now I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Printed and framed by Christina James, Seattle, WA, to add to what she calls the “Wall of Sisters”—as it’s covered with pictures of her two girls.

“Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide…”

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“We took this photo for a blog we made to invite people to our daughter Clare’s Bat Mitzvah. Clare decided that instead of getting gifts, she’d rather have people donate to Girl Rising, an organization that supports education for girls worldwide, especially in places where it’s not typically common or possible.  In the “Girl Rising” movie and on the website, many girls are shown with these words written on their hands.

“Clare recognized a need, and the fact that she has everything she needs. This is who she is and what she does. Most people loved the idea, and it became an instance of a community coming together and giving in a meaningful way.

“For Clare, it was also about rising as an adult in our religion and showing that she’d educated herself to the place where she’s worthy of being considered an adult. Clare attends Seattle Girls’ School, which has definitely helped her develop her intellect and worldview. She’s a strong individual who loves soccer, math and constitutional law and aspires to be president someday.”

—As told to Will Jackson

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Printed and framed by Matt Wilkins, Seattle, WA, for himself.

“I have been trying to cross this framing project off my to-do list for a year. It’s finally done! Sworl is really easy to use—I especially love paying with a scan of my credit card so I don’t have to type in the number.”

 

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“I had a picture of my grandparents on the upper right of the wall—William and Virginia Davis—and I wanted to add some photos of other family members. I had digital files that my sister had scanned and so I started with my mom, Theresa Marie Davis and dad, Robert Anthony Wilkins on their wedding day. They’re each on the left of the photos, while the bridesmaid and best man are on the right. That was 1968. I was born the next year. At the upper left is a picture of my grandfather’s parents William and Edna Davis around 1940.”

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“I have been trying to cross this framing project off my to-do list for a year. It’s finally done! Sworl is really easy to use—I especially love paying with a scan of my credit card so I don’t have to type in the number. My sister just found some pics of my grandmother’s parents, so I’ll probably be ordering those in the near future.”

– As told to Will Jackson

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