On Friday, April 10th from 6-9 pm, Trinity Gallery will host the reception of artist, Jennifer Simonton.
What began as merely a creative outlet in the midst of intense academic study, Transforming Places has transpired into a year-long project combining photography and storytelling that illumines places of deep value for fellow Duke Divinity School students. Jennifer’s project is immensely personal while also entirely not her own.
After moving to Durham in the fall of 2013 for graduate studies at Duke Divinity School, Jennifer quickly fell in love with both the city and the school. Durham charmed her almost immediately – the eclectic nature, its love for food, and its downtown scene. At the divinity school, she fell in love with its people. She could feel each place changing and becoming a part of her. This fueled a curiosity in her: how are we transformed by – and also transforming – the places we live? Soon then developed Transforming Places. The project is comprised of Duke Divinity students photographed in places they hold dear and their written reflections regarding those places.
Having now photographed over 20 students, the project has developed into something quite special. It has been chock- full of profound learning, friendship building, and artistic growth. Transforming Places is an advocate for indwelling, for truly entering into a place. It’s an encouragement for making, hearing, and telling stories. It’s the belief that photography has the capacity to tell both.