A photographic narrative about Moorestown, as a town in this specific moment in history.
It is this sense of history that drives this project. Heavily influenced by Dorothea Lange and the work of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) of the early 1900s, Debbie McGeorge has decided to create a photographic narrative. A single moment of who we are in this town at this moment. She has reached out to her former student Sedona Young, who is attending college at this time. McGeorge is excited to continue a teaching role to not only Young, but the town itself. She is developing a stage two to this project to help people share and reflect on moments inside the homes of Moorestown to continue this narrative (influenced by Sally Mann). It is that sense of history that brought her to Perkins Center for the Arts. Art is about telling a story/narrative of our world. Perkins has always been a place of art and education. McGeorge was automatically drawn to Perkins for that reason and is why she chose to reach out and create a partnership to help them fundraise, connect with the community, and celebrate this art center and the town.
Fundraising for Perkins Center for the Arts
McGeorge, Young, and Blizzard have generously pursued this project in support of Perkins Center for the Arts. A portion of the proceeds for this project benefits Perkins Center for the Arts. To see the entire gallery and to purchase one or more of these prints, visit https://bit.ly/ArtplusLife_Zenfolio.
- $50 for one 8×10 or 8×12.
- A package of 4 prints is $75
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Donate to Perkins Center for the Arts
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Debbie (Murray) McGeorge
Debbie (Murray) McGeorge is a Moorestown native. Most of her high school time was either in the darkroom (yes, there was a darkroom at Moorestown High School) or in the art room. She continued to spend countless hours in the darkroom which her uncle’s had built in the 70’s at her grandmothers and at Rutger’s. Debbie designed her own liberal art major, Art History and Comparative Religion and at graduation did not put that to good use. She then managed a bookstore, another passion, until finding herself in the classroom. Debbie was emergency certified and started teaching 6th grade in Camden, New Jersey. When Moorestown opened the new building (the Upper Elementary School), Debbie started teaching that first year in Moorestown. Almost 20 years later, she is still there teaching her 6th graders Ancient History. She earned a Masters in Educational Leadership. However, when her son was born in 2004, she picked up her first digital camera and within two years formed a company, Art + Life Photography with an amazing artist friend. Through this company, they created an image that is based on documentary and painting principles. They developed a look that is unique from other photographers when shooting weddings, mitzvahs, families, and life events.
Growing up in Moorestown schools, Sedona Young never fully fit in and her growing up stages became a bit of a struggle to find a passion. Sports were not her thing, neither was school. She had to find a job at a young age and stumbled upon a cannoli shop in the heart of South Philadelphia. While she worked through her high school years there, stories that may not seem normal to some, were to her, as she met people from all over the world. She was 14, working along with a 17-year-old single mother, a Ukrainian immigrant that worked so hard and never stopped, a punk college student, an anarchist ex-drug addict, and a hipster. She found her fire, a craving to learn perspectives. What opened her up with this job was that everyone has a perspective and different experiences in this life.
Her interest in photography emerged as she went to Arizona for a family trip. While driving through the roads, her family saw a sign that read “yard sale.” Outside an old trailer were two old men in beach chairs. On a table lay guns, fishing rods, and one film camera. When Sedona asked about the camera, the man explained it was his late wife’s, and that she can just have it. The next day she bought “Photography for Dummies.” She could not put a camera down. Ever since she has been photographing and learning about people and ideas.
Young was forced to return home from college as a result of COVID-19 closures. She received a phone call from her former history teacher who asked if she would like to form a partnership. Without hesitation, she was in. Debbie McGeorge not only was a history teacher, but she was also a photographer mentor throughout high school. It has been this project that fuels her days in quarantine and has given her insight into this historic time. Documenting an invisible war, finding the stories of people and this time, makes her feel that she has a start to her career. What is even better is she is experiencing it with her history teacher and mentor.
Young is attending New York Institute of Technology in New York City where she studies Communications and Media production, writes for the college’s newspaper the “Manhattan Globe, and aspires to be a photojournalist. She has had internships with photographer Big Rube, has attended design conferences in South Korea, and was selected in 2019 during the earthquakes to document a nonprofit project in Puerto Rico. While taking portraits of humans, she longs to find the story. She can be found on sedonaleighphotography on Instagram and Sedona Young on Linkedin.
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