A Preview: "This Beautiful City"

June 28, 2016  •  2 Comments

This Beautiful City

A photographic perspective by Michael Hardison

As a fine art photographer I have spent most of my life creating imagery in and around San Bernardino.  Growing up in this area, I know this to be a beautiful place in the Southern California landscape. 

 

A once thriving city, San Bernardino is often depicted as a place of crime, corruption and bankruptcy. In the days following the terror attack, (December 2, 2015) the negative interpretations continued, overlooking the good that still resides in the area – the people, the community and the history of the region.

 

What was being presented on the news was not what I know of this city, or of this community. Determined to counter the undesirable portrayal of the region, I began photographing San Bernardino immediately after the attack. Taking different paths into the city I was drawn to views others might overlook, but to me were visually striking. The inspiration behind “This Beautiful City” stems from the resilience of the community; people coming together, reaching out, and moving forward, living in the Inland Empire. There is more to the story, more to this place.

 

I recently had the opportunity to debut six images from “This Beautiful City” during the Loma Linda University Health San Manuel Gateway College ribbon cutting ceremony on June 22nd. Currently a work in progress, these images will be incorporated into an exhibit showcasing the full body of work near the end of 2016. 

 

 


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CAROLINE ADAMS (AKA CAROLYN HUDSPETH)(non-registered)
--AND YOUR WORDS AND THOUGHTS ARE BEAUTIFUL, TOO! I FEEL ALL THE GRANDMOTHERLY PRIDE IN THE LITTLE 6-YEAR-OLD B0Y WHO USED TO PLAY WITH MY LITTLE 6-YEAR-OLD SON, HOWARD HUDSPETH. BLESSINGS, CNVA
Sandee Prescott(non-registered)
This is awesome!! Good work!
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